Red-tinted Pussy-toes 'Rubra'

Antennaria dioica

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Antennaria (an-ten-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: dioica (dy-oh-EE-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Rubra
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Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer





Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Salt Lake City, Utah

Madison, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 11, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I got mine at a big-box store in early May 2014, and planted it on a high, sunny mound. At the end of that month we had a storm which brought an incredible 14" of rain in 48 hrs., which I believe ended up killing it. Will try this plant again if I can find it.


On May 12, 2012, SallieKr from (Sallie) Cherry Valley, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I agree with Bombix... very happy with the foliage- much like a tiny version of Lambs Ears. I bought it 2 years ago as a "Pathway Plant", which it excels at, the foliage being only about 1" tall. The blooms this year are kind of like Lambs Ears as well. Pretty, but too tall for the plant (at 8".)


On May 24, 2011, Erutuon from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I bought a plant labeled as Antennaria dioica 'Red Hybrids' last spring (2010), so I assume it's this variety. I planted it in our boulevard garden, and it spread, but the original plant died from winter moisture, or so I assume. Some plantlets remained, though, and I transplanted them to a new spot this spring (2011). They haven't bloomed yet, presumably because of insufficient sunlight. Hopefully next spring!


On Jul 8, 2010, Bombix from Rockford, IL wrote:

The first year we didn't have any flowers, but we loved the foliage so were very happy. This spring we were treated to deep pink flowers on silver green stems that did indeed look like pussy toes., Incredible and adorable. Our summers tend to be very wet in May and June and our pussytoes have looked great throughout (though admittedly, we have great drainage). The pest-free mat of foliage has spread outward by a few inches and I plan to encourage it's success by dividing the root ball this fall. As I am a great fan of colorful, carpet-like ground covers, I have to say this plant is in the top five!