Bright carmine-rose ball-shaped flowers bloom all spring on 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. Also known as False Sea Pink.
Tolerates hot dry rocky soils and grows beautifully along the coastline or highway where few other garden plants can tolerate high salt concentrations.
Shear faded flowerheads for attractive little clumps of foliage throughout the season. Resents being moved—choose a spot near the front your garden and leave it there.
Prefers full sun. Requires well-drained soil. Plant 8–12" apart. Light loose winter mulch recommended. Species native to mountains and coastal regions of the northern hemisphere. Z3. (2" plug stock)
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Herbaceous Perennial Plants
When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be planted or potted up soon, wet the roots. If you do not plant or 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 before danger of frost has passed. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Pot up 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°. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.