Sunday, 1 April 2012

Plant of the Week: Cerastium tomentosum - Snow in Summer

Snow in Summer is a wonderful perennial that is a great and easy ground cover.  If you look closely in the picture you will see that the actual foliage is silvery green which is a good indication that it is drought tolerant as this type of foliage prevents excessive transpiration.  (Transpiration is the process in which air and moisture is released through the leaves to allow for more water to uptake from the roots into the plant.)

The blooms don't last all season, occurring in late spring but when the plant is in full bloom you get this beautiful drift of snow-white flowers that works great at the front of a bed or in a rock garden.

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