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Pussy toes

Antennaria plantaginifolia

Pussy toes (Antennaria plantaginifolia) is a perennial weed sometimes found growing in lawns, as well as in pastures and meadows. It is named for the flower heads, which are borne on long, leafless stems and have a white, fuzzy appearance resembling a cat's toes. The foliage, which forms a basal rosette, is also white and somewhat wooly. Pussy toes are able to spread by creeping stems (stolons) as well as by seed.
Pussy toes is considered a "poverty weed"; it appears in areas where the soil is too dry and the fertility is low. Because of this, pussy toes is known as an indicator plant. Its presence tells us the soil conditions are poor. This information can then be used to correct the problem.