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Herniaria glabra

Herniaria glabra
rupturewort; herniary breastwort; green carpet
This is half of the clump shown in the other photo, a few months earlier

Common name rupturewort; herniary breastwort; green carpet
Family caryophyllaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-8)
Flowers insignificant
Size 1"
Light part shade

Evergreen creeping groundcover. Our first plant was set between stepping stones in our side garden in fall of last year; this spring, I forgot I had planted it there, mistook it for a weedy veronica, and yanked it out. Then I realized my mistake, tucked it back in, and it proceeded to do well, covering a bit more area through the rest of the season. Last fall, we bought two more plants, to set near our newly constructed waterfall. These have grown much faster than the first plant, covering a nice swath of sloping ground by mid-summer.

Herniaria glabra
No, those are not flowers - they're bits of frost on a cold late-December morning. Evergreen indeed!

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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