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Plantain-leaf Pussytoes, Woman's Tobacco

Antennaria plantaginifolia

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Antennaria (an-ten-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: plantaginifolia



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Atlanta, Georgia

Warren, Indiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

Cole Camp, Missouri

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Eufaula, Oklahoma

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2016, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Antennaria plantaginifolia is dioecious, meaning that the male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. It often forms colonies, sometimes consisting entirely of male or female plants.


On Mar 13, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

It make a nice groundcover for the rock garden or as a understory plant in a native sun garden that has mostly perennials of two feet or more. It might is poisonous as rabbits and rodents won't eat it and it suffers very little damage from insects other than the larvae of a species of a butterfly (don't be horrified if you see lots of caterpillars covering the plants I think they are Red Admiral or Painted Lady Butterfly I don't know which one). The flowers appear in medium spring and look like tiny cat's feet. I accidently planted a tiny meadowrue species nearby and it blend in nicely. I heard something about it being similiar to Black Walnut into that it kill other plants using chemicals but I had never noticed anything happening.


On Feb 8, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Boiled in milk, was a folk remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. Leaves were poulticed on bruises, sprains, boils and swellings.


On Dec 8, 2004, Equilibrium wrote:

Herbaceous perennial native to eastern North America. Likes sandy to well drained soil. Transplants very easily. Given the proper conditions (open woods and fields with good drainage), this plant will spread well and form a nice dense mat. The flowers are little clusters that look like little pussy toes! Undersides of leaves are fuzzy to the touch.


On Nov 23, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is great for rock gardens or as a groundcover. It only reaches a height of about 2". It prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Its leaves are somewhat hairy or wooly. There are many species of this plant which are very similar, so it is difficult to distinguish from one another. It is native to the U.S.