Irish wildflowers

Snow-in-summer, Cerastium tomentosum
Photographs: roadside, Co.Cork

Snow-in-summer / Dusty Miller
Cerastium tomentosum
Family: Caryophyllaceae

Flowering May - June. Perennial. Garden escape.

Many white flowers with notched petals, nearly covering the leaves. Seeds freely. Narrow leaves, woolly, silvery-grey, not dying back in winter. Mat-forming, spreading growth.

Sunny, well-drained, infertile soils. Walls, pavement cracks, roadsides, waste ground. Fairly common garden escape, discard or relic of cultivation, usually found near habitation.

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