Snow-In-Summer
Cerastium tomentosum 'Silver Carpet'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cerastium (ker-RAS-tee-um) (Info)
Species: tomentosum (toh-men-TOH-sum) (Info)
Cultivar: Silver Carpet

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Silver/Gray

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Menifee, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Croton On Hudson, New York

Warren, Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Stanwood, Washington

Cody, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jun 25, 2010, magmally from Middleboro, MA wrote:

I am having a problem with my snow in summer plants. They seem to sag and get brown in the center. I have them planted in an ideal location and I wonder if I am doing something wrong like overwatering?

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On Nov 19, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Not a robust plant for me (Pacific NW), definitely not an invasive problem. I had it planted in dappled shade, moved it to full sun, still somewhat scraggly. Nice silvery foliage with white flowers, so I'm hoping the new location will perk it up.