Despite its elegant appearance and rather cute second name – cat’s foot -Antennaria surprises with its endurance. Almost arctic and alpine conditions of Eurasia and North America are natural for it.
The height of most species often does not exceed 30 cm. From a thin rhizome grows short vegetative shoots with leaves collected in a rosette, pubescent like felt hairs.
Small flowers make up shield inflorescences, where the uppermost basket reaches 5-6 mm in diameter.
Flowers themselves are dicotomous, small, reedy, more often white or pink in tones.
Depending on the specific type of antenna, this perennial plant blooms in May-July, after which smooth seedling fruits are formed on it.
The care of the antenna is greatly facilitated by its resistance to adverse weather. It does not need to be covered in winter. It gladly grows on poor, acidic, sometimes even sandy soils, although on fertile soil even loses its decorative effect. However, this crop is absolutely light-loving, so even a slight shadowing will have a negative impact on its development, forcing it to stretch out or even die with time. It is also important to monitor the flow of moisture into the soil: the antenna is resistant to drought, but regular watering and moderate humidity will be very preferable.
Diseases and pests that can infect a cat’s leg are common to gardeners. These are mainly nematodoses, rot, but also harmful aphids, spider mites and trowel tracks.
The antenna can be multiplied by dividing rhizomes, bushes, seeds and by cutting the creeping shoots. Vegetative reproduction is recommended for the spring before flowering (especially pruning) or in the autumn after. Seed multiplication is considered a rather complicated method, but is also used by gardeners. In spring, the seeds are sent to the crates under glass. Slowly growing small seedlings appear after a while and are permanently sent out in summer. The minimum distance between the shrubs should be 25 cm. The young antennas start to flower in their second year.