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Mountain Everlasting

Antennaria dioica

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Also in this family:
Alpine Blue Sow-thistle, Alpine Cotula, Alpine Fleabane, Alpine Saw-wort, Annual Ragweed, Annual Sunflower, Argentine Fleabane, Autumn Hawkbit, Autumn Oxeye, Beaked Hawksbeard, Beggarticks, Bilbao Fleabane, Black Knapweed, Black-eyed Susan, Blanketflower, Blue Fleabane, Blue Globe-thistle, Bristly Oxtongue, Broad-leaved Cudweed, Broad-leaved Ragwort, Brown Knapweed, Butterbur, Buttonweed, Cabbage Thistle, Canadian Fleabane, Canadian Goldenrod, Carline Thistle, Chalk Knapweed, Chamois Ragwort, Changing Michaelmas Daisy, Chicory, Chinese Mugwort, Chinese Ragwort, Coltsfoot, Common Blue Sow-thistle, Common Cat's-ear, Common Cudweed, Common Daisy, Common Dandelion, Common Fleabane, Common Goldenrod, Common Groundsel, Common Michaelmas Daisy, Common Mugwort, Common Ragwort, Common Wormwood, Coneflower, Confused Michaelmas Daisy, Corn Chamomile, Corn Marigold, Cornflower, Cotton Thistle, Cottonweed, Creeping Thistle, Daisy Bush, Dwarf Cudweed, Dwarf Thistle, Early Goldenrod, Eastern Groundsel, Eastern Leopardsbane, Elecampane, English Hawkweed, Fen Ragwort, Feverfew, Field Fleawort, Field Wormwood, Fox and Cubs, French Tarragon, Gallant Soldier, Garden Lettuce, Giant Butterbur, Glabrous-headed Hawkweed, Glandular Globe-thistle, Glaucous Michaelmas Daisy, Globe Artichoke, Globe-thistle, Goat's Beard, Golden Ragwort, Golden Samphire, Goldilocks Aster, Grass-leaved Goldenrod, Great Lettuce, Greater Burdock, Greater Knapweed, Grey-headed Hawkweed, Guernsey Fleabane, Hairless Blue Sow-thistle, Hairless Leptinella, Hairy Michaelmas Daisy, Harpur Crewe's Leopardsbane, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Heath Cudweed, Heath Groundsel, Hemp Agrimony, Highland Cudweed, Hoary Mugwort, Hoary Ragwort, Hybrid Knapweed, Intermediate Burdock, Irish Fleabane, Jersey Cudweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Lance-leaved Hawkweed, Lavender-cotton, Leafless Hawksbeard, Least Lettuce, Leopardplant, Leopardsbane, Leptinella, Lesser Burdock, Lesser Hawkbit, Lesser Sunflower, London Bur-marigold, Magellan Ragwort, Marsh Cudweed, Marsh Hawksbeard, Marsh Ragwort, Marsh Sow-thistle, Marsh Thistle, Meadow Thistle, Melancholy Thistle, Mexican Fleabane, Milk Thistle, Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Musk Thistle, Narrow-leaved Cudweed, Narrow-leaved Hawkweed, Narrow-leaved Michaelmas Daisy, Narrow-leaved Ragwort, New England Hawkweed, New Zealand Holly, Nipplewort, Nodding Bur-marigold, Northern Hawksbeard, Norwegian Mugwort, Oxeye Daisy, Oxford Ragwort, Pearly Everlasting, Perennial Cornflower, Perennial Ragweed, Perennial Sow-thistle, Perennial Sunflower, Pineapple Mayweed, Plantain-leaved Leopardsbane, Ploughman's Spikenard, Plymouth Thistle, Pontic Blue Sow-thistle, Pot Marigold, Prickly Lettuce, Prickly Sow-thistle, Purple Coltsfoot, Rayed Tansy, Red Star Thistle, Red-seeded Dandelion, Red-tipped Cudweed, Robin's Plantain, Roman Chamomile, Rough Cocklebur, Rough Hawkbit, Rough Hawksbeard, Russian Lettuce, Safflower, Salsify, Saw-wort, Scented Mayweed, Scentless Mayweed, Sea Aster, Sea Mayweed, Sea Wormwood, Seaside Daisy, Shaggy Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shaggy Soldier, Shasta Daisy, Shetland Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Shrub Ragwort, Sicilian Chamomile, Silver Ragwort, Slender Mugwort, Slender Thistle, Small Cudweed, Small Fleabane, Smooth Cat's-ear, Smooth Hawksbeard, Smooth Sow-thistle, Sneezeweed, Sneezewort, Spear Thistle, Spotted Cat's-ear, Spotted Hawkweed, Sticky Groundsel, Stinking Chamomile, Stinking Hawksbeard, Tall Fleabane, Tall Mouse-ear Hawkweed, Tansy, Thin-leaved Sunflower, Trifid Bur-marigold, Tuberous Thistle, Tyneside Leopardplant, Viper's Grass, Wall Lettuce, Welsh Groundsel, Welted Thistle, White Butterbur, White Buttons, Willdenow's Leopardsbane, Winter Heliotrope, Wood Burdock, Wood Ragwort, Woody Fleabane, Woolly Thistle, Yarrow, Yellow Chamomile, Yellow Fox and Cubs, Yellow Oxeye, Yellow Star Thistle, Yellow Thistle, York Groundsel
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
30 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, heathland, meadows, moorland, mountains, riversides, rocky places, scrub, sea cliffs, waterside, woodland.

Pink, many petals
The flowers appear in a closely compact umbel at the top of the plant. The cottony-looking flowers are white or pale pink. Flowers are 6 to 12mm in diameter.
The fruit is a dull brown, oval achene. Hairs are present at one end of the fruit.
A patch-forming, semi-evergreen perennial plant. The silvery-green leaves are narrowly spoon-shaped, forming a basal rosette. They are appressed close to the stem. The tips of the leaves are pointed. The leaves are downy white beneath. The upper surfaces of the leaves are mid-green, smooth and hairless. The greyish-green stem leaves are arranged spirally going up the stem.
Other Names:
Cat's Ear, Cat's Foot, Catsfoot, Cudweed, Moor Everlasting, Mountain Cat's Foot, Mountain Cudweed, Purple Mountain Cottonweed, Pussytoes, Stoloniferous Pussytoes.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Antennaria dioica, also known as the cat's foot or mountain Everlasting, is a species of flowering plant in the aster family. It is native to Europe and is found in a variety of habitat types, including grasslands, meadows, and rocky slopes. Antennaria dioica is a perennial herb that grows to a height of about 30 cm (1 foot). It has narrow, linear leaves and small, white or pink flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. The flowers are a popular nectar source for bees and other insects. Antennaria dioica is often used in gardens as an ornamental plant, either as a standalone herb or in containers. It is generally easy to grow and does well in well-draining soil. It can tolerate a wide range of conditions, including drought, making it a good choice for dry gardens.


Antennaria dioica, commonly known as Mountain Everlasting, is a species of herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. This species is native to the mountain regions of Europe, Asia, and North America, and is commonly found in high altitude meadows, rocky slopes, and tundra regions. It is a low-growing plant that typically grows to be about 6-12 inches tall and is covered in a mass of dense, white, wooly hair, which provides insulation and helps protect the plant from the harsh mountain environment.

The leaves of Antennaria dioica are oval in shape, and are a soft green color. They grow to be about 1 inch long and are arranged in a rosette pattern around the base of the plant. The plant blooms in the spring and early summer, producing clusters of tiny, fluffy, white flowers that are held on long, slender stalks. The flowers are arranged in a flat, circular pattern, and are surrounded by bracts that are covered in the same dense, white hair as the leaves.

Mountain Everlasting is a hardy plant that is well adapted to the harsh mountain environment. It is drought tolerant and can withstand extremely cold temperatures, making it a great choice for gardeners who live in areas with harsh winters. The plant is also low maintenance, requiring very little water or care once it is established.

In addition to its ornamental value, Antennaria dioica has a number of other uses. The plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine, where it has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including coughs, colds, and respiratory infections. The plant is also used as a food source, with the leaves being eaten raw or cooked, and the roots being dried and used to make a tea.

Mountain Everlasting is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well adapted to the harsh mountain environment. Its ornamental value, medicinal properties, and ability to withstand harsh conditions make it a great choice for gardeners and those who live in mountain regions.

In terms of its ornamental value, Mountain Everlasting adds a unique texture and color to gardens. Its dense, white hair provides a striking contrast against the green leaves and makes it stand out in any landscape. It is an excellent choice for rock gardens, wildflower gardens, or as a groundcover in more naturalistic landscapes. The plant is also well-suited to mass plantings, where it can create a sea of white in the spring and summer.

Mountain Everlasting is also a great choice for butterfly and bee gardens, as it provides an important source of nectar for pollinators. In addition to attracting pollinators, the plant is also resistant to deer, rabbits, and other herbivores, making it a great choice for gardeners who struggle with wildlife damage.

In terms of its medicinal properties, Mountain Everlasting has a long history of use in traditional medicine. The plant contains a number of compounds that have medicinal properties, including essential oils, tannins, and flavonoids. These compounds are believed to help relieve coughs, colds, and respiratory infections, and to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.

In terms of its use as a food source, Mountain Everlasting is a nutritious plant that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and are high in vitamins C and K, while the roots can be dried and used to make a tea. The tea is said to have a slightly bitter flavor, but is believed to have a number of health benefits, including the ability to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and promote overall health.

Mountain Everlasting is a versatile and hardy plant that offers a wealth of benefits for gardeners, herbalists, and those who live in mountain regions. Its ornamental value, medicinal properties, and use as a food source make it a great choice for anyone who wants a plant that serves multiple purposes.

It's also worth mentioning that Mountain Everlasting is a very important plant species for the ecosystem in which it grows. It plays an important role in helping to maintain soil stability on the rocky slopes and meadows it inhabits, and provides valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife species. For example, it provides cover for small mammals, such as rodents and birds, and serves as an important source of food for insects and other pollinators.

In terms of its cultivation, Mountain Everlasting is relatively easy to grow and care for. It is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide range of soils, including dry, rocky soils, and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is also drought tolerant and can withstand extreme cold temperatures, making it an ideal choice for gardeners who live in areas with harsh winters.

When it comes to maintenance, Mountain Everlasting is a low-maintenance plant that requires very little care. It is a slow-growing plant that doesn't need to be fertilized, and it is naturally resistant to pests and diseases. In terms of watering, it is best to keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged, especially during the hot summer months.

In conclusion, Mountain Everlasting is a valuable plant species that offers a wide range of benefits for gardeners, herbalists, and the environment. Its ornamental value, medicinal properties, and role in the ecosystem make it a great choice for anyone looking for a versatile, hardy, and low-maintenance plant. Whether you are looking to add a touch of beauty to your garden, seek to incorporate plants with medicinal properties into your landscape, or simply want to support the health of the ecosystem, Mountain Everlasting is a great choice.


Mountain Everlasting filmed at Scout Scar, Cumbria on the 26th May 2023.


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