Arenaria montana L.
Arenaria montana is a perennial.
Arenaria montana was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1755. The name is considered as validly published.
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.
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.
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.
Arenaria montana is native to France, Morocco and the Iberian Peninsula.
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 -35Â°C (USDA zone 4).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
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.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe 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.