An excellent ground cover plant – the creeping woodybear evergreen which are shiny green above and silvery below. Above these oak-like leaves the large appear on short stalks in late spring, followed by attractive silky -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 theare 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 someor peat at planting time. Full sun is essential.
PROPAGATION: Plantin a cold frame in summer.