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Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-summer)

Cerastium tomentosum Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cerastium tomentosum sir-ASS-tee-um toe-men-TOE-sum Common Name: Snow-in-summer Genus: Cerastium
Snow-in-summer is great for rock gardens and dry areas, and also works well as a container plant. Plant it on a stone wall for a cascading effect. Snow-in-summer needs room to perform. A single plant can carpet an area as wide as a yard across. After the flowers fade, the silver/grey foliage shines on in contrast to more predictable shades of green.
Noteworthy characteristics: These plants can be short-lived.
Care: Plant in a sunny spot in well-drained soil.
Propagation:

Sow seeds in spring indoors or after last frost, divide plants in spring or autumn, or sow seeds in autumn after last frost.


Problems:

 No serious problems other than root rot.


Height Less than 6 in.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit Spreads
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower;Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only
Moisture Dry
Maintenance Moderate
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Summer; Late Spring; Spring; Summer
Foliage Color Silver/Grey
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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