Snow-in-summer

Cerastium tomentosum

Description

Snow-in-summer could easily be renamed to ‘Snow in Spring’. This soft textured plant grows quietly throughout the year until it reaches its peak flowering cycle during April and May. At this point, the fuzzy gray carpet of foliage becomes covered with a dense topping of white flowers, likened to a dusting of snow. Additional flowering occurs in smaller quantities throughout the summer.

This is a fast growing carpet-type plant that reaches 6 in. high and can spread 2-3 ft. across. It is commonly planted as a ground cover with small plants spaced 2-3 feet apart. It grows and flowers very quickly during the spring months to cover the ground, flow around rocks and spill over low walls. It needs good drainage and sunny exposures. Excessive watering can cause some plants to rot; some death after 2-3 years occurs among plants in large planting areas.

 

 

Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Delicate
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Silvery white
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Frost, Cold hardy, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Banks, Small spaces
Height: 4 in. – 6 in.
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.