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Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Cerastium
Species: C. tomentosum
Binomial name: Cerastium tomentosum
Common names: Snow-in-Summer

Cerastium tomentosum is a herbaceous flowering plant and a member of the carnation family. It is a low, fast-spreading perennial native to alpine regions of Europe. It has proven popular as a cultivated ornamental and can be found in gardens the world over.
It is generally distinguished from other species of its genus by "tomentose" or felty foliage. The stems & leaves are silvery-grey, whilst the flowers are star-like, white & about 15mm across. Flowering occurs in late spring and early summer.




The felty foliage


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