Low growing perennials belonging to the Pink family, Carophyllaceae. They are used primarily in rock gardens, edging, and ground cover, thought they also make lovely container plants.
Propagation is performed by digging and separating existing plants, by taking cuttings, or by sowing seed. Cuttings should be taken from new growth in the late spring. 2 inch cuttings should be taken, then remove the last pair of leaves from the cut end. These ends should be stuck in moist sand or a combination of sphagnum peat and sant (equal parts of each). They should be placed in a shady area and the medium kept moist until roots form. Rooted cuttings should be lifted and planted in containers or in prepared beds outdoors, if the outside temperatures remain above 55F. Seeds should be sown in pots, trays or a bed prepared with a soiless medium (1 part sand to 1 part sphagnum peat moss is fine) and covered very lightly, as sunlight aids in germination. The medium should be kept moist, but not soggy at about 70F. WHen seedlings reach a height of 2 inches, they should be transplanted to larger containers or directly outdoors, if the outdoor temperatures remain above 55F.
Snow in Summer - Cerastium tomentosaum - Low ground hugging plants with silver foliage topped with snowy white blooms. A classic ground cover and rock garden plant. Good walk on plant that also works as a wall and hillside cover. Full or partial sun. Height: 6 inches Hardy to -50F (-45.6C)
|#5734 Packet $3.50 Approximately 100 seeds||
Deep Snow on the Mountain - Cerastium beibersteinii - Low growing, mat forming plants with silver leaves and white blooms. Full or partial sum. Height: 6 inches Hardy to -30F (-34.4C)
|#5735 Packet $3.50 Approximately 100 seeds||
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