Bee Better gardeners know the value of planting, Pussytoes, Antennaria sp. The leaves of the Pussytoes is a host plant for the American Lady butterfly, Vanessa virginiensis. American Lady butterflies will also host on plants in the sunflower family everlasting, Gnaphalium obtusifolium; pearly everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea; wormwood, Artemisia sp.; ironweed, Vernonia sp., and burdock, Arctium sp..
AMERICAN LADY BUTTERFLY
Name: Antennaria plantaginifolia
Common: Pussytoes, plantain-leaved pussytoes, plantain-leaved everlasting, and ladies’ tobacco,
Zones: 3 to 8
Size: 0.5′ to 1.0″ tall by .75′ by 1.5″ wide
Conditions: Full sun, lean rocky or gritty soil
Native to North America.
In the Bee Better Teaching garden, we grow Antennaria plantaginifolia between the path pavers in a sunny location.