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Snow in Summer Seeds

Cerastium biebersteinii

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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow on the surface of the soil in late fall for early spring germination. To plant in the spring, direct sow in the surface of the soil and keep lightly moist until germination, which should take place within 10-15 days.

Growing: This plant thrives in poor or rocky soil, and prefers well drained to dry conditions; it tolerates heat, but prefers moderate temperatures. When grown in partial shade, the plant grows slightly taller with fewer blossoms and less silvery foliage. Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. Since these plants tolerate drought well, watering should not be necessary once they mature. Excess moisture or humidity may cause disease. In good growing conditions this plant will spread vigorously, and has been considered invasive in some regions. Unless the seed is being saved, cut the plant back after blooming for neat growth; it can also tolerate being mowed. After several seasons, the plants may be divided in spring or fall. This plant makes a good choice for rock gardens, borders, rock walls, or as a stunning native ground cover. Deer avoid this plant.

Harvesting: This attractive plant is best displayed in the outdoors, since it does not make a suitable cut flower.

Seed Saving: When the tiny seed pods of this plant begin to dry and contain mature seed, shake the pods over a container to release the seed. This will have to be repeated after several days, since the pods may ripen at different rates. Store Snow in Summer flower seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Boreal Chickweed, Mouse-eared chickweed

Latin Name: Cerastium biebersteinii

Species Origin: Eastern Europe

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

US Regions: Mountain, Midwest, Northern, Northeast

Seeds per Ounce: 70,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 9 Inches

Color: White

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Spring, Blooms Early Summer

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
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Excellent Germination

My front yard is sloped and faces WNW. The neighbors across the street removed to large trees and my Periwinkle/English Ivy mix couldn't take the sun, the top 75% of the slope died out. I planted the seeds in flats until they were mature enough to transplant to the freshly tilled slope. The germination rate was exceptional in the flats. After transplanting to the yard, mulching and watering for a season these plant took off. The next year I had blooms and I didn't have to water them as much because they started providing their own shade on the soil. By the third year they needed no care and filled in very nicely. They are absolutely stunning when they bloom in spring and from a distance they really do look like a dusting of snow. I have never fertilized these plants and they thrive. Now that they are filled out, I hardly water then either. I wish I could post a few pictures, they are a wonderful groundcover for a slope that drains well.

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These fine white flowers give the illusion of snow, even in summer. Silvery, felted foliage, and low-growing, spreading habit make this an attractive ground cover or addition to a rock garden.
This native plant originated in the high altitudes of Eastern Europe, specifically the mountain ranges of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. It was first described by Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, a noted Swiss botanist who recorded hundreds of species. The species name "biebersteinii" honors the man who provided Candolle with the seeds, a German botanist by the name of Friedrich August Marschall von Bieberstein. Its silvery, felted foliage and low-growing, spreading habit make this an attractive and hardy ground cover.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow on the surface of the soil in late fall for early spring germination. To plant in the spring, direct sow in the surface of the soil and keep lightly moist until germination, which should take place within 10-15 days.

Growing: This plant thrives in poor or rocky soil, and prefers well drained to dry conditions; it tolerates heat, but prefers moderate temperatures. When grown in partial shade, the plant grows slightly taller with fewer blossoms and less silvery foliage. Water seedlings occasionally until they become established. Since these plants tolerate drought well, watering should not be necessary once they mature. Excess moisture or humidity may cause disease. In good growing conditions this plant will spread vigorously, and has been considered invasive in some regions. Unless the seed is being saved, cut the plant back after blooming for neat growth; it can also tolerate being mowed. After several seasons, the plants may be divided in spring or fall. This plant makes a good choice for rock gardens, borders, rock walls, or as a stunning native ground cover. Deer avoid this plant.

Harvesting: This attractive plant is best displayed in the outdoors, since it does not make a suitable cut flower.

Seed Saving: When the tiny seed pods of this plant begin to dry and contain mature seed, shake the pods over a container to release the seed. This will have to be repeated after several days, since the pods may ripen at different rates. Store Snow in Summer flower seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Boreal Chickweed, Mouse-eared chickweed

Latin Name: Cerastium biebersteinii

Species Origin: Eastern Europe

Type: Garden Flowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

US Regions: Mountain, Midwest, Northern, Northeast

Seeds per Ounce: 70,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Sunlight: Full Sun

Height: 9 Inches

Color: White

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Spring, Blooms Early Summer

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews
5.0

Review By Tim (Northern NJ)

Excellent Germination

My front yard is sloped and faces WNW. The neighbors across the street removed to large trees and my Periwinkle/English Ivy mix couldn't take the sun, the top 75% of the slope died out. I planted the seeds in flats until they were mature enough to transplant to the freshly tilled slope. The germination rate was exceptional in the flats. After transplanting to the yard, mulching and watering for a season these plant took off. The next year I had blooms and I didn't have to water them as much because they started providing their own shade on the soil. By the third year they needed no care and filled in very nicely. They are absolutely stunning when they bloom in spring and from a distance they really do look like a dusting of snow. I have never fertilized these plants and they thrive. Now that they are filled out, I hardly water then either. I wish I could post a few pictures, they are a wonderful groundcover for a slope that drains well.

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