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Antennaria dioica

mountain everlasting

  • Other common names mountain everlasting
    cat's ear

    cat's foot
    moor everlasting
    mountain cat's foot
    mountain cudweed
    purple mountain cottonweed

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  • Synonyms Antennaria candida
    Antennaria dioica hort. var. minima

    Antennaria dioica hort. var. tomentosa
    Antennaria tomentosa hort.
    Gnaphalium dioicum

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  • Family Asteraceae

  • Genus Antennaria are mat-forming, evergreen or semi-evergreen perennials with small, everlasting flowers on short erect stems. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants

  • Details A. dioica is a semi-evergreen perennial forming a mat of spoon-shaped leaves which are white-hairy beneath, with erect stems to 10cm in height, bearing fluffy white or pink flower-heads in late spring and early summer

  • Plant range Temp. N Hemisphere


  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Loam


  • Chalk


  • Sand


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Grows well in rock gardens or as groundcover at the front of a border. The flowerheads may be dried for use in flower arrangements. Seen here (front right) in a planted trough with phlox, jovibarba, saxifrage and a dwarf larch

Propagation Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Ground Cover Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Gravel Garden Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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