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Pussytoes - Antennaria howellii

Pussytoes - Antennaria howellii

Antennaria howellii, also known as Pussytoes, is a perennial wildflower native to Michigan and the UP.  Fuzz-frosted foliage is topped with a single flower stalk in early spring that displays the name-sake pussytoe flowers. Butterflies love this plant for early nectar, and it is the host for the Painted and American Lady butterflies. Swarms of little blue butterflies that won't hold still long enough for me to identify them flit between these in the spring (Spring Azures?).  


It also naturalizes well into lawns, creating habitat right in your yard.  Wait for the stalks to dry up and flop over in mid-June before mowing the patch.  The foliage is so low, a mower will pass right over.

Flower stalk reaches 1 foot tall and will tolerate full sun to full shade, medium to medium-dry soil and will grow in clay, loam or sand, even in pine forests. Spreads slowly by rhizome.  Makes a good matrix plant for taking up space between and under larger plants.

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