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Cerastium tomentosum
Cerastium tomentosum

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Zones A1, A2, 1-24, 32-45
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Cerastium tomentosum

Snow In Summer
Ground covers, Perennials


This low-growing European native performs equally well in mild and cold climates, coastal and desert areas. Forms dense, tufty mats of silvery gray, 3/4-in. leaves; grows 6 8 in. high, spreads 2 3 ft. in a year. Bears masses of small, snow white flowers in early summer. Use as groundcover on slopes or level ground, as bulb cover, in rock gardens, for edging along paths, between steppingstones. Plant is not long lived, so avoid extensive planting in prominent situations. Conversely, in the Northwest it grows so enthusiastically it can become a weed.

Takes any soil as long as drainage is good. Set divisions or plants 1 to 1 1/2 ft. apart, or sow seed. To speed growth, water regularly and feed two or three times a year. After bloom ends, shear off faded flower clusters or mow planting. May look a bit shabby in winter but revives rapidly in spring.


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