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Silene acaulis 'Alba'

Moss campion

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

A good choice for a gravel or rock garden where it makes ankle-high, tufted cushions of bright green leaves with a show of tiny white flowers in summer. Coming from mountaineous sites where melting snow and rain runs quickly down past the roots, it needs excellent drainage, being set amongst pebbles and stones with plenty of grit in the soil. For an attractive colour mix, try planting the deep pink S. acaulis beside it.

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Silene

Species: acaulis

Cultivar: Alba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 5cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Time to divide plants: April to May


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