Field Pussytoes

Antennaria neglecta

Named for its white tufted flowers that look like tiny cat's feet, Pussytoes is a delightful little plant, and especially attractive when it blooms in small patches. Reaching only a foot high or less, a single stem is topped with a fuzzy white …

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Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Gravel, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial
Height 6" - 1'
Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Apr, May, June
Spacing 1'
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Root Type Rhizome
Benefits Butterflies, Pollinators, Host Plant, Deer Resistant

Named for its white tufted flowers that look like tiny cat's feet, Field Pussytoes is a delightful little plant, and especially attractive when it blooms in small patches. Reaching only a foot high or less, a single stem is topped with a fuzzy white flower, while the leaves hug the ground. An excellent rock garden plant, Pussytoes are also known for their soft, silvery basal leaves, which spread to form a low groundcover in dry areas.

Found growing across much of the Midwest and Northeast, it prefers full or partial sun, and medium to dry conditions. It grows well in a variety of soils whether rocky, sandy gravel, mesic/clay, or fertile loam, as long as the soil and site are well-drained. Habitats include medium to dry black soil prairies, clay prairies, open woodlands or dry meadows, abandoned fields and roadsides.

Plant it with Prairie Smoke in the rock garden for a sweet spring combination. Pussytoes are a host plant for caterpillars of the American Painted Lady butterfly, which feed on the foliage. Both deer and rabbits will avoid this plant.

Planting and Cultivation Notes
Avoid planting Pussytoes in moist soils or areas that have poor drainage.