Bright carmine-rose ball-shaped flowers bloom all spring atop long lanky leafless stalks held above tight mounds of silvery evergreen grassy foliage. Makes a tidy clump in the rock garden or container, but also great planted en masse as a groundcover.
Tolerates hot dry rocky soils and grows beautifully along the coastline or highway where few other garden plants can tolerate the high salt concentrations. Shear off faded flowerheads for attractive little clumps of foliage throughout the season.
Resents being moved—choose a spot near the front of border or rock garden and leave it there. Prefers full sun. Requires well-drained soil. Plant 8-12" apart. Light loose winter mulch recommended. 8-10" tall. Z3. (3" plug stock)
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.
For more info:About planting bare-root perennials.