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Arenaria serpyllifolia

Thyme-leaved sandwort

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.03m to 0.25m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Arenaria serpyllifolia (Thyme-leaved sandwort). Small paired leaves and tiny white flowers on a low-growing and spreading plant. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe. STEM: Slender, turning upwards. ROOT: Fibrous HAIRS: Roughly hairy throughout STIPULES: Absent LEAF-STALK: Mostly stalkless BRACTS: Present FLOWER STALK: Most longer than flowers. SEPALS: 5, broadly spear-shaped, pointed. PETALS: 5, equal, oval, undivided, shorter than sepals. STAMENS: 10 or fewer STIGMA: 3 OVARY: 1, 1-celled SEEDS: Many, kidney-shaped, rough.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Sandwort

Origin

Britain & N. Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow, walls and ground cover.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy, and will need sun and well drained sandy soil.

Propagation

Division in spring

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