Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes

Field Pussytoes


Pussytoes are known as the world's most colorful and beautiful flowers, add some color to your garden and early spring with these lovely flowers. Guests will be impressed when you hand out some flowers to them as a housewarming present. Or a thank-you gift when they come to visit. Combine these flowers with a few other hues to make your garden. A more colorful and vibrant place with the beautiful colors of the field_ pussytoes.

At the top of each stalk, a plant produces a few flowerheads about 1/3" (8 mm.) long that are either staminate or pistillate. These flowerheads resemble compact tufts of white_hair. The blooming period occurs from mid- to late spring and lasts about 3 weeks. There is no noticeable floral scent. The flowerheads are quickly replaced by achenes with small tufts of white_hair, which are distributed by the wind. Field_Pussytoes spread by means of horizontal stolons that are hairy and have small alternate leaves that are narrowly lanceolate or linear. These stolons develop plantlets that root in the ground, and resemble the mother plant. The root system consists of a central taproot. This plant often forms small colonies. (Source: www.illinoiswildflowers.info)


Pussytoes range in size--from barely noticeable to enormous. They are formed when two or more leaves of the same plant stay still long enough to fold under one another while they grow. Each folded leaf and subsequent growth will become a segment of a distinctive animal or human-like form. This is how pussytoes get their name. Pussytoes are also known as "angel's toenails" because they resemble the hanging ornaments of holiday decorations.

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Leaves are the primary source of nourishment for a plant. After being produced, the leaves create a mass of green that provides the plant with essential carbon dioxide and oxygen needed for growth. Some plants also have specialized leaves. Such as the kidney-shaped leaves of the coral tree. That can protect the plant from radiation from the sun. As a result, these leaves possess phosphorus like a leaf which provides an essential nutrient to the plant, that it requires for sustenance.

Antennaria neglecta (Field_Pussytoes) is a stoloniferous, mat_forming perennial formation a carpet of minimal, fine-textured, silvery basal leaves adorned with a single conspicuous vein. In spring to early summer, the plant sends up erect stems, up to 12 in. (30 cm), boasting clusters of little, fuzzy, white flower heads. The flowers attract painted lady butterflies. The female flowers are followed by tufts of awned fruits that look frothy and resemble small_dandelions. Easy, accommodating, and resistant to drought, Antennaria neglecta is a great small_scale groundcover for dry locations in both sun and shade. A cute-looking little plant for the rock garden or rocky slopes.. (Source: www.gardenia.net)


Enthusiasm can sometimes be more of a curse than a blessing. On the upside, it carries the load, but on the downside it gets the job done in the worst way. This observation is true, too, in the context of fields and plants: the perseverance of enthusiasm can cause more trouble than anything else. Artists, painters and sculptors are often faced with the curse of enthusiasm and find that enthusiasm is their undoing.

The word Antennaria refers to the projecting stamens developed on some flowers that resemble� insect antennae. These plants were used historically for coughs, colds, bruises, as a post childbirth tonic for mothers, and to treat snakebite. There is no scientific evidence that the plant is effective for treating any of these conditions. (Andy Fyon) (Source: www.wildflower.org)


Field Pussytoes are used to help create a healthy environment. How can Field Pussytoes improve your garden? Give your plants structure and texture. Add height and drama to a garden with Field Pussytoes. They are also used to ground down the sides of white flower beds. They are also great for keeping an area neat and well-kept when used in rows and rows.

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