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Cat's foot

size:

plant: 5 to 20 centimeters
flower: 0.5 to 1.2 centimeters

color:

males: white petals and sepals
females: white petals and pink sepals

blossoms:

May and June

pollination:

insects

reproduction:

runners, seed

life span:

perennial

  • Dut: Rozenkransje
  • Lat: Antennaria dioica
  • Eng: Cat's-Foot, pussy toes
  • Fren: Pied-de-chat
  • Ger: Katzenpfötchen
Cat's foot, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

Cat's foot

This rare plant is also called pussy toes! From a distance, you can tell by the color if you are looking at male or female plants. Males are white and females are pinkish. Cat's foot has runners just like strawberries, so that one-sexed colonies often form. However, unless the plants are pollinated, no seed develops. This can be the reason why cat's foot has become so rare. If the one-sexed colonies are too far apart, the insects that spread the pollen won't deposit it where it's needed. And if the habitat of a colony is destroyed, there is no seed to restore it.