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Yo Yo Snow-In-Summer

Category:

An undemanding groundcover for sun and poor soil; highly valued for its woolly gray foliage; it lives up to its name in late spring and early summer when it is absolutely smothered in luminous white flowers; more restrained compact habit than the species

Characteristics

Species:
tomentosum
Other Species Names:
YoYo
Average Landscape Height:
8 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Cerastium
Cultivar:
Yo Yo
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
spreading
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
white
Flower Eye Color:
yellow
Flower Form:
star
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

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

Landscape Attributes

Yo Yo 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

Yo Yo 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Yo Yo 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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