One of the genus of worldwide distribution and
a native of Europe.
This is a perennial of a very dwarf and creeping
habit, with narrow oblong greyish and woolly leaves
in great profusion, reaching a height of six inches.
The flowers are small, pure white, and borne with
great freedom forming a snowy carpet valuable
as a groundwork for spring bulbous subjects.
It is also popular for use as an edging to pathways
and will clamber over rocks freely.
Usually planted from pots in spring, but may be
transplanted from the open ground it the operation
is carried out carefully.
Will grow in any well-drained soil that possesses
a reasonable proportion of humus, and prefers
a position in full sun.
Best allowed to remain as a permanent plantation
at the front of herbaceous borders, at the top
of retaining walls and as an edging.
Propagation may be effected either by division
of the root or from cuttings taken immediately
the flowering season has passed.
The flowering season is in spring and early summer.
See Also: Cerastium