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Cerastium tomentosum
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae – Pink family
Genus: Cerastium L.
Species: Cerastium tomentosum L.
USDA Zones: 3-7
Height: .5 - 1 foot
Width: .75 - 1 foot

Cerastium tomentosum (Snow-in-Summer) is a herbaceous flowering plant & a member of the carnation family. It is generally distinguished from other species of its genus by "tomentose" or felty foliage. It is a low, spreading perrenial native to alpine regions of Europe. The stems & leaves are silvery-grey, whilst the flowers are star-like, white & about 15mm across. Not surprisingly, C. tomentosum flowers in summer, but may also bloom at other times of the year. It has proven popular as a cultivated ornamental & can be found in gardens the world over.

Common Names[]

Snow in Summer, Dusty miller


  • full sun
  • Well-drained, low-fertile soil


  • Drought tolerant
  • Tends to be invasive
  • Perennial