Field pussytoes whole plant with male flowers in bloom
Field Pussytoes (Pussytoes)
Antennaria neglecta
Aster family - Asteraceae

Growth habit: Low mat-forming perennial

Height: 10 - 40 cm

Spread: 20 - 30 cm

Bloom Time: May - June

Bloom Colour: White

Light: Sun to semi-shade

Moisture: Moderately moist to dry

Soil: Average garden soil; tolerates poor soil

Seeding: Seeds require cold stratification in order to germinate. See the Plant Info page for more detailed information on growing from seed.

Landscape uses: Spreads by stolons to form patches of low evergreen ground cover. Good for borders and rock gardens. The small leaves, dark green on the upper surface and hairy white beneath create a silvery effect.

Interesting features: This species produces male and female flowers on separate plants. Male flowers are broader and more showy than the narrower, cylindrical female flowers which produce heads of white seeds until late summer.

Natural habitat: Common in grasslands and open woods, this species prefers somewhat moister situations than its uniformly grey-leaved relatives, small-leaved pussytoes and little-leaved pussytoes. However, all three may be grown together in the garden.

Ecology: Larval host plant for American Painted Lady butterflies. Attracts beneficial insects such as tachinid and syrphid flies. Small bees may use the flowers as a pollen resource. Deer and rabbits avoid eating this plant.