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Dryas octopetala

Common name white mountain avens
Family rosaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z2-8)
Flowers white (late spring-early summer)
Size 3-4"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Low mat-forming perennial native to mountains of North America. Small white flowers (with, as the species name promises, eight petals) are held on slender stems above the glossy scalloped foliage, then turn into silvery-white fluffy seedheads. Trailing stems may root to expand the clump. Suitable for rock gardens and border edges. I tried to grow this a few times unsuccessfully from seed, but finally succeeded in 2013. Reportedly will be very slow to establish itself in the garden.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (27%G, 4-10d)

Clothier says it germinates at cold conditions, and it might have had I left it cold for a longer period.

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