Plantain-leaved Pussy Toes are a top-notch ground cover for full sun. The lovely gray green leaves make a splendid carpet around larger plants or in front of them in dry sunny areas. It spreads by rhizomes. The late spring flowers resemble small cat toes hence the common name. The flowers are white to light pink and rise above the foliage about six inches. The leaves stay at ground level.
This is a host plant for the larvae of the American Painted Lady Butterfly. The caterpillars eat the foliage and create a webbing they are very interesting. Having host plants for various butterflies and moths provides food for birds and also ensures many butterflies visit your garden. Deer do not like it due to its wooly stems.
Pair this plant with creeping phlox, little blue stem, side oats gramma grass and butterfly weed. Plant in full to part sun in average to dry soil. The plant grows 4 to 6 inches tall when in flower. Low to the ground the remainder of the year.
Antennaria plantaginifolia - Plantain-leaved Pussytoes
-Is a host plant for the American Painted Lady Butterfly
-White long lasting flowers
-Attracts a wide variety of insects
-Zone: 2 to 7
-Height: 4 to 6 inches tall