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ANTENNARIA rosea

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ANTENNARIA rosea

Plant Common Name

Pink Pussytoes

General Description

A mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial from mountains and dry plains of western and northern North America, rosy pussytoes is grown for its fuzzy pink flowers and its downy gray foliage.

This hardy perennial spreads via underground rhizomes to form low carpets of small spoon-shaped leaves with silvery felt-like surfaces. Small disc-shaped heads of pink to white flowers appear atop short leafy stems in spring or early summer. Flowerheads of female plants have numerous soft bristles, giving them a furry appearance (thus the common name "pussytoes"). The flowerheads of male plants contain few or no bristles. Most pink pussytoe plants in the wild and in gardens are self-fertile females that do not require pollination to produce seed.

Pink pussytoes thrives in sun and well-drained soil. It fares poorly in hot humid climates. It will tolerate light foot traffic. For a tidier appearance, cut back spent flower stalks. Use this charming North American native as a small-scale groundcover for dry sunny walls, banks, and terraces.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    1"-3" / 2.5cm - 7.6cm

  • Width

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    North-Central United States, Western United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink, Rose

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Silver, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Silver, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Silver, Gray

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Silver, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes