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Cerastium tomentosum

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bedding or Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

snow-in-summer

Family

Caryophyllaceae


Cerastium can be annuals or mat-forming perennials, with simple leaves and star-shaped 5-petalled white flowers

C. tomentosum is a vigorous mat-forming perennial to 15cm in height, with narrow, white-hairy leaves and star-shaped white flowers 2cm across, with notched petals, in late spring and summer

Other common names

  • dusty miller
  • Jerusalem star
  • snow plant
  • wooly mouse-ear chickweed

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Ideal plant for carpeting dry, sunny banks or gravel gardens

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, division or stem tip cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Ground Cover or Banks and Slopes


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free