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Dryas octopetala (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)
Dryas octopetala (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-6, 36-45
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Dryas octopetala

Mountain avens
Rosaceae
Perennials

DRYAS

These are hardy, choice plants for rock gardens. Evergreen or partially so and somewhat shrubby at the base, they form a carpet of leafy, creeping stems. The oblong leaves look like little oak leaves. Plants bloom from late spring into summer, bearing shiny white or yellow flowers that resemble strawberry blossoms. Ornamental seed capsules with silvery white tails follow the blooms.

Dryas octopetala

Grows to 2–3 in. high and 3 ft. wide, with inch-long leaves and erect, 1 1/2-in. white flowers.

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