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Snow-In-Summer

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Masses of short-lived, small white flowers bloom on beautiful low growing, silvery-gray foliage during the early summer months; drought tolerant, perfect for rock gardens, borders, groundcover or used in containers; remove blooms to control self-seeding

Characteristics

Species:
tomentosum
Other Species Names:
Wooly Mouse-Ear Chickweed
Average Landscape Height:
8 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Cerastium
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
white
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
gray
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Snow-In-Summer is smothered in stunning white bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems in early summer. Its attractive tomentose narrow leaves remain gray in color with hints of silver throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Snow-In-Summer is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Snow-In-Summer will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Snow-In-Summer is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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