DRYAS Mountain Avens

An excellent ground cover plant – the creeping woody stems bear evergreen leaves which are shiny green above and silvery below. Above these oak-like leaves the large flowers appear on short stalks in late spring, followed by attractive silky seed-heads in summer.

VARIETIES: The popular species is D. octopetala, which grows wild in the mountainous regions of Britain and other European countries. The basicdetailsare height 4 in., spread 2 ft.

Flowering period: May-June. Thebloomsare about 1/2 in. indiameterand look like small single roses. There are 8 white petals and a golden centre – a lovely sight when they are numerous enough to cover the foliage of a large specimen. The American D. drummondii is similar but the flowers are yellow. The hybrid of these two species is D. suendermannii – its flower colour, as one would expect from such a marriage, is cream.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained, non-acid soil will do – add some compost or peat at planting time. Full sun is essential.

PROPAGATION: Plant cuttings in a cold frame in summer.

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