Arenaria montana

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Arenaria montana L.

Caryophyllaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   4

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sand - Soil: gritty-sandy

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: evergreen

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: not specified

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: cushion- or mound-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Caryophyllanae
Ordo:
Caryophyllales

Arenaria montana is a perennial.

Naming

Arenaria montana was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1755. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Arenaria montana is a species in the genus Arenaria which contains approximately 314 to 469 species and belongs to the family of the Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family). The type species of the genus is Arenaria serpyllifolia.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a pulvinate (cushion-formig) habit and reach heights of 2 to 5 centimetres. The plants reach a width of 10 to 30 centimetres.

Leaves

Arenaria montana is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are lanceolate with entire margins. The surface of the leaves is pilose.

Flowers and Fruits

Arenaria montana produces solitary white five-stellate flowers from May to August.

The perennials carry brown fruits.

Root System

Distribution

Arenaria montana is native to France, Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy or gritty-sandy soil with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -35°C (USDA zone 4).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • rockeries

Uses

The recommended planting distance is 20 to 25 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 5. Suited for rockeries, roof greening and for beds and borders, as well as suited as groundcover, container plant and as slope plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Winter protection from late frost.

Propagate by sowing or by division.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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