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Cerastium arvense

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Category Perennial, Groundcover
Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Angiospermae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Caryophyllaceae
Species in this genus
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Aden Earth Zone

5 - 17


  • Cultivation: Naturalizing, Low-Maintenance, Easy-To-Grow
  • Light: Sun, Dappled, Part-Shade
  • Soil: Mid-Fertility, Poor, Clay, Sand, Rock
  • pH: 6, 7
  • Moisture: Medium, Dry, Well-Drained


  • Form: Groundcover, Herbaceous
  • Habit: Evergreen, Perennial
  • Flower: Small, White
  • Fruit/Seed: Small
  • Foliage: Leaves, Needles, Green, Silver, White
  • Uses: Ornamental


Cerastium is a genus of annual, winter annual, or perennial plants belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae. The around 100 species are commonly called "Mouse-ear chickweed" or "Snow-in-Summer"; different species are found nearly worldwide but the greatest concentration is mainly from the northern temperate areas of the world.[1] A number are common weeds in fields and on disturbed ground.

[[Image:Cerastium macrocarpum1.jpg|thumb|left|350pxCerastium tomentosum is a very popular rock garden plant around the world. It's common name is Snow-In-Summer.