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Pearlwort


Sagina spp.

Pearlwort

Have a tight, tough spot? Try pearlwort. This durable little plant can soften the edges of flagstones and rocks in dry crevice gardens with bright green or golden 1/2-inch tall mats of foliage. This tiny plant is excellent in troughs and other containers, and as a groundcover in rock gardens. It can be walked upon gently with little damage and seeds generously. Free draining gritty soil is pearlworts preference.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
4-7
Plant Type:
Perennial
Plant Height:
To 1 inch tall
Plant Width:
3-8 inches wide
Flower Color:
White or green flowers, depending on variety; yellow leaves, depending on variety
Bloom Time:
Blooms in summer
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Sagina subulata 'Aurea') makes 1/2-inch tall mats of fine-textured tiny yellow leaves. Solitary white flowers with five petals appear in summer on 1 1/2-inch stems. It is hardy in Zones 4-7.
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Plant It With
Catmint

'Little Titch' has ice blue flowers and small wrinkled gray leaves that contrast well with golden pearlwort in sunny rock gardens.

Veronica

The golden leaves of 'Trehane' form a low mat that is covered with deep blue flowers in summer. 'Trehane' is an excellent companion for golden pearlwort in troughs, rock gardens and crevices.

Thyme

The pink or purple flowers of wild thyme seldom top 6-inches and the mats of aromatic foliage plays off texturally against pearlwort.

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