Cerastium tomentosum L.


Low, spreading, compact, perennial, sometimes invasive ground cover rooting at the stem joints. Leaves 2-3 cm long, linear to lanceolate-elliptic with clusters of smaller leaves in the axils. Leaf surface covered with a layer of white, wavy hair. Flowers few together in a small cluster, stems to 20 cm long, glandular-hairy, petals 1-1.5 cm long, divided in two; spring to summer.

Montane S &C Europe, W Asia

The taxonomy of this species is complex and controversial particularly as much hybridisation has taken place, especially in garden plants. As understood here the species would include C. biebersteinii DC.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Caryophyllaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Cerastium tomentosum 'Columnae'

Compact habit, small leaves, and flowers prolific.

Cerastium tomentosum 'Yo-yo'

Compact with small leaves and prolific flowers.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Caryophyllaceae
genus        Cerastium L.