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mountain sandwort

Arenaria capillaris

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low
full sun - part shade
upright, spreading
6 - 12"
white
summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Elegant clumps of grass-like leaves are partially mat-forming, perfect for a rock garden or retaining wall
Elegant clumps of grass-like leaves are partially mat-forming, perfect for a rock garden or retaining wall

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Delicate little flowers do well even in dry partial shade
Delicate little flowers do well even in dry partial shade

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Elegant clumps of grass-like leaves are partially mat-forming, perfect for a rock garden or retaining wall
Elegant clumps of grass-like leaves are partially mat-forming, perfect for a rock garden or retaining wall

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Mountain sandwort is another rock-garden standout, with slender grass-like leaves that spread slightly to form a small mat. This versatile little plant can be found growing on rock outcroppings, in grassland, and even beneath pines in open forest. The small delicate white flowers look best in clumps, so plant a few sandworts together and pair with some stouter, blockier plants for contrast. We suggest clarkia and woolly groundsel for a lovely combo of shapes, textures and color.