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Miniature pussy-toes

Tiny gray leaves with stalks of flowers
RELATED TOPICS: GROUNDCOVER | ZONE 3 | ZONE 4 | ZONE 5 | ZONE 6 | ZONE 7 | ZONE 8
Pat Hayward
Latin name: Antennaria 'McClintock'
Common name: Miniature pussy-toes
Plant type: Groundcover
Plant size: 1" tall x 15" wide or more
USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Cultural needs: Full sun, dry soil

Like living felines, not all "pussy-toes" are created equal. Though all pussy-toes plants have silvery-gray leaves growing low to the ground, the height and color of the flowers can vary greatly from species to species. The name comes from the soft, cushiony flower buds that grow in clusters atop stalks that rise above the flat foliage. Some flower stalks are tall (6" or more) but these can be removed to keep the plant in scale. 'McClintock' is the smallest of all the pussy-toes, with tiny gray leaves and fuzzy white flowers that are almost tucked into the foliage itself. They thrive in ballasted areas, but can easily be removed from the tracks and divided to make new plants.

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