|Sagina subulata subsp. var.||Golden pearlwort, Heath Pearlwort|
|Plant in flower||
Sagina subulata (Heath Pearlwort; syn. Sagina pilifera auct. non (DC.) Fenzl) is a species of Sagina, native to Europe, from Iceland south to Spain, and east to southern Sweden and Romania. It occurs on dry sandy or gravelly soils.
Heath Pearlwort is a low-growing prostrate perennial plant forming a thick, dense mat with stems less than 10 cm long, and slender subulate (awl-shaped) leaves up to 1 cm long. The flowers are 4–5 mm diameter, with five white petals the same length as the green sepals; they are produced singly on erect stems 2–4 cm long. The seeds are smooth, brown, triangular shaped, 0.4–0.5 mm, produced in a capsule 2.5–3 mm long.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Sagina subulata ( syn. S. pilifera Hort., Spergula pilifera Hort., Spergula subulata Sw.). Heath Pearlwort. An evergreen, hardy, densely tufted little plant, covering the ground like a sheet of moss: lvs. very small, stiff, aristate on the margin, linear: sts. branching and creeping: fls. white, studded all over the plant on long, very slender peduncles. July-Sept. Corsica.
Var. aurea has lvs. marked with yellow. A good rock-plant in shady places. Cult. similar to Arenaria. Prop. by division.
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There are two varieties, Sagina subulata var. subulata with glandular-hairy sepals, and Sagina subulata var. glabrata Gillot with hairless sepals; the latter is often a lawn weed, and has been confused with the related Mediterranean species Sagina pilifera. The cultivar 'Aurea' is grown as a garden plant.
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Plant growing as a weed between paving stones
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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