Sagina subulata

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 Sagina subulata subsp. var.  Golden pearlwort, Heath Pearlwort
Plant in flower
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Europe
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Water: moist
Features: drought tolerant, ground cover
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USDA Zones: 4 to 7
Sunset Zones: 1-11, 14-24, 32-43
Flower features: white
Caryophyllaceae > Sagina subulata var. ,

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.[1][2][3]

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.[3][4][5]

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.[3][6] The cultivar 'Aurea' is grown as a garden plant.[7]



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