Rosy pussytoes Antennaria rosea

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
cat's foot


Antennaria rosea, commonly known as rosy pussytoes, is a perennial herb that displays a mat-forming growth habit. Its foliage consists of narrow, spoon-shaped leaves that are densely grouped at the base, often covered with fine, white hairs giving them a silvery appearance. The upper surface of the leaves tends to be green to gray-green, while the underside is frequently a paler or whiter shade. The rosy pussytoes blooms in small, rounded clusters of tiny, tubular flowers that resemble cat’s paws, which is the inspiration for its common name. These flower clusters emerge atop slender, fuzzy stalks that rise above the foliage. Flower heads are usually a soft pink or rose color, sometimes with a hint of white, providing a delicate contrast against the foliage. After blooming, they produce fluffy seed heads that aid in wind dispersion. Overall, this plant's rosette base and flowering stalks contribute to its distinctive look, adding texture and color to the landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Rosy Pussytoes, Pink Pussytoes, Rose Pussytoes, Pink Everlasting, Rosy Everlasting.

    • Common names

      Antennaria microphylla, Antennaria alpina var. rosea, Antennaria pulvinata, Antennaria umbrinella.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Rosy pussytoes (Antennaria rosea) are not commonly known to be toxic to humans. Information on the toxicity of rosy pussytoes is limited, and they are not typically considered a poisonous plant. Therefore, there is no well-documented evidence of symptoms or toxicity in humans as a result of ingesting this plant. However, as with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities may exist, and it is generally not advisable to consume wild plants without proper identification and knowledge of their edibility.

    • To pets

      Rosy pussytoes (Antennaria rosea) are not commonly known to be toxic to pets. There is no widespread documentation regarding the toxicity of this plant to domestic animals. Rosy pussytoes are not listed as a poisonous plant for pets, so there is no typical presentation of symptoms from ingesting this plant. However, it is always prudent to prevent pets from eating plants not meant for consumption, as even non-toxic plants can cause gastrointestinal upset if eaten in large quantities.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Spread

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Wildlife Attraction: Antennaria rosea, commonly known as rosy pussytoes, provides nectar for a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies.
    • Drought Tolerance: As a hardy alpine plant, rosy pussytoes have good drought resistance, making them suitable for xeriscaping and arid environments.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant typically requires minimal care once established, thriving in poor soil and withstanding neglect.
    • Erosion Control: The mat-forming habit of rosy pussytoes helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and in rocky areas.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: The distinctive gray-green foliage and pink or white flowers of the rosy pussytoes can provide visual interest in rock gardens and alpine displays.
    • Garden Diversity: Adding rosy pussytoes to a garden can increase plant diversity and create a more resilient ecosystem.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Antennaria rosea, commonly known as Rosy Pussytoes, can be used as a stuffing material for small pillows and toys, due to its fluffy seed heads.
    • The fine, downy material of the plant has been traditionally used as tinder for starting fires by indigenous peoples.
    • Rosy Pussytoes' drought resistance makes it suitable for xeriscaping, serving as a component that conserves water in landscapes.
    • Due to its mat-forming growth, it can be employed as a ground cover that helps prevent soil erosion on slopes and in garden beds.
    • The plant can be used in rock gardens for its aesthetic low-lying foliage and contrasting blooms.
    • As a nectar source, Rosy Pussytoes can play a role in butterfly gardens to attract and support pollinator populations.
    • The dense cushion of leaves makes it an excellent choice for creating intricate patterns in green roofs and living walls.
    • The plant can be integrated into fairy gardens or miniature landscapes, where its small stature and interesting texture add variety.
    • When dried, the flower heads can be utilized in floral arrangements and crafts, providing a unique, soft-textured addition to the design.
    • Rosy Pussytoes can serve as a natural dye source, where the flowers and leaves yield subtle colors for wool and fabric.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Rosy Pussytoes is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Rosy Pussytoes is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Everlasting Love: Antennaria rosea commonly known as Rosy Pussytoes, due to its long-lasting blossoms, symbolizes enduring affection and an everlasting bond between individuals.
    • Femininity: The soft, pink hues of Rosy Pussytoes signify feminine beauty and gentleness, making it a representative of womanly grace and charm.
    • Motherhood: Because this plant can thrive in challenging conditions and spreads easily, it can represent the resilience and nurturing nature of a mother.
    • Survival: Given its ability to survive in poor soil and resist harsh climates, Rosy Pussytoes can signify the strength and determination to survive against the odds.
    • Peace and Harmony: The plant's unassuming and non-invasive character suggests a symbolism of tranquility and coexistence with its surroundings.

Every 2 to 3 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2 to 3 years
Spring-early summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Rosy pussytoes should be watered deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings to mimic their natural arid habitat. Generally, during the growing season, they may require about 1 gallon of water every two weeks, depending on the climate and weather conditions. Over winter, watering should be reduced to once a month or according to local precipitation, as the plant requires less moisture when dormant. It's critical to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot in these drought-tolerant plants.

  • sunLight

    Rosy pussytoes thrive in full sun, meaning they require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The ideal spot for these plants is an area where they get unfiltered sunlight, like a south-facing garden. They can tolerate some light shade, especially in hotter climates, but too much shade will diminish blooming and can lead to leggy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Rosy pussytoes are cold-hardy and can withstand temperatures down to about -30°F, making them suitable for growing in USDA zones 3 through 8. They prefer cooler conditions and can struggle in extreme heat; their ideal temperature range is between 60°F and 75°F during the growing season. It is important to ensure that they have good air circulation to prevent issues in hot and humid conditions.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning of Rosy pussytoes is generally to remove spent flowers and encourage a compact growth habit. Deadheading after blooming promotes a tidy appearance and may stimulate a second flush of flowers. Pruning is best done in the late fall or early spring. These plants do not require heavy pruning; simply trim back any dead or damaged foliage as needed.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Rosy pussytoes thrive best in a well-drained soil mix with a pH ranging from neutral to slightly alkaline. A combination of sandy or loamy soil enriched with organic matter like compost will benefit the plant, while ensuring its roots do not sit in water. Do not use heavy clay soils, and consider adding gravel for improved drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Rosy pussytoes are not typically repotted often, as they are hardy perennials that can spread and naturalize in the right conditions. Repotting can be done every 2-3 years or when the plant has outgrown its current container, being mindful of its preference for undisturbed growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rosy pussytoes prefer dry to moderate humidity levels and are tolerant of arid conditions. They are well adapted to low humidity environments, making them suitable for xeriscaping or rock gardens where moisture levels are minimal.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light and well-draining soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun with good drainage and space.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Antennaria rosea, commonly known as the rosy pussytoes, begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in spring when soil temperatures and moisture levels are suitable. The seed develops into a small rosette of leaves at the soil surface, which will photosynthesize and gather energy for future growth. As the plant matures, it sends up a flowering stalk with small, rosy-pink to white flowers that are typically arranged in tight clusters, and this reproductive stage occurs during the late spring to summer. After pollination, which is often facilitated by wind due to the plant's dioecious nature (separate male and female plants), the flowers develop into fruits with fluffy appendages that aid in wind dispersal. The seeds spread to new locations, where they can germinate and begin a new life cycle. The plant is perennial, and the vegetative rosettes can survive through the winter to sprout again the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • Propogation: Rosy pussytoes are popular for their hardiness and ease of propagation, especially through division, which is the most common method used for spreading this plant. Division is best done in the early spring, just as the plants begin to show new growth. To propagate by division, carefully dig up an established clump of rosy pussytoes and gently tease apart the root ball into smaller sections, ensuring that each section has a portion of roots and shoots. These sections can then be replanted in well-draining soil with adequate spacing, usually about 12 inches (around 30 centimeters) apart, to accommodate the spread of the plants. Water these newly planted divisions well, ensuring they establish a strong root system. This method is efficient and maintains the characteristics of the parent plant, making it a favorable choice for gardeners looking to expand their rosy pussytoes displays.