Taxonomy of Snow-In-Summer Plants:
classifies snow-in-summer plants as Cerastium tomentosum
Plant Type for Snow-In-Summer Flowers:
Characteristics of Snow-In-Summer Plants:
Snow-in-summer plants get their common name from their blooming habit. They bloom profusely in the early summer, and the flowers are a pristine white with little notches cut into them. But their name doesn't tell the whole story. Cerastium tomentosum
is as admired for its delicate, wooly, silver leaves
as for its flowers. Height 6"-12", width 12"-18". Spreads quickly by reseeding itself and producing runners.
Planting Zones for Snow-In-Summer Plants:
Snow-in-summer plants are commonly grown in zones
3-7. They can
be grown in zones 8-10, but are short-lived there.
Sun and Soil Requirements for Snow-In-Summer Plants:
Snow-in-summer plants prefer sun and thrive in well-drained, poor soil. During my travels, I have observed how well these perennial flowers perform along the coast of Maine (U.S.). This fact suggests that they are reasonably salt-tolerant
Care for Snow-In-Summer Plants:
After they have dumped their "snowfall" of white blooms in early summer, trim away the faded blooms and some of the foliage to keep snow-in-summer plants looking attractive all summer. Remember, they are grown as much for the silvery carpet their foliage can provide as for their attractive flowers.
Caveat in Growing Snow-In-Summer Plants:
Snow-in-summer plants are considered invasive
plants in some areas.
Uses for Snow-In-Summer Plants in Landscape Design:
Snow-in-summer plants are a popular choice for perennial flowers in rock gardens
and border plantings. They are similar in some respects to another rock garden favorite, Aurinia saxatilis
, but stay shorter. These perennial flowers form a dense mat, making them useful as ground covers.