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What's Blooming? Pussy Toes

June 2, 2017 By Ginger Laurits Filed under Article Tags: american ladyfloramaster gardenerspussy toes

Pussy Toes in the Native Plant border on June 2, 2017Now is the heyday for woodland wildflowers; trillium and foamflower are in bloom and lady slippers are just peeking out from under their calyces.

Often missed at this time of year is the playful display of Antennaria plantaginifolia, commonly known as "pussy toes," named for its bloom of fuzzy, silvery-gray flowers that resemble cat’s feet. Pussy toes are in bloom now in the native plant border and on the hillside at the parking lot. This low-growing, native perennial wildflower has few needs and tolerates full sun/part shade, dry conditions, and poor soil. What more could a gardener ask?

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