Cerastium tomentosum


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Hardy perennial

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photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (39650)

Plant details

Snow-in-summer is an irrepressible plant, happily romping in hot dry difficult places where nothing else will grow. Its silvery evergreen mats spread to form weed-resistant ground cover over dry banks and even at the foot of a thirsty hedge as long as it gets sun for half the day or more - in light shade the plants grow taller, less intensely silver, and do not flower much. Even if totally neglected, the plants are alive from late spring to mid-summer with starry flowers which go well with their silvery background. Use it as ground cover in a dry garden teamed with other drought-proof plants.

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Cerastium

Species: tomentosum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to divide plants: March to May

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