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What is this pretty little plant?

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spottysocks Sat 23-May-20 19:39:52

Hi, I have this spring flowering plant which I transported from our old house last year and it's doing quite well, but I don't know what it is, can anyone enlighten me? smile

Grandmafrench Sat 23-May-20 19:42:49

A Cerastium - Silver Carpet, perhaps ?

gt66 Sat 23-May-20 19:42:51

It reminds me of a plant I had growing in my garden from 40 years ago! I knew it as snow in summer.

sharon103 Sat 23-May-20 19:53:52

I've just Googled the image and it say's White Heath Aster.

midgey Sat 23-May-20 20:03:19

I agree with Grandmafrench and gt66! Cerastium otherwise known as snow in summer!

spottysocks Sat 23-May-20 20:32:43

Thank you, pleased about that, it was given to me by my dad who is sadly no longer with us and as my son was asking what it was called I thought I'd better find out! smile

Chewbacca Sat 23-May-20 20:35:26

We knew it as White Rock. Same plant, different name!

LullyDully Sun 24-May-20 08:25:40

Yes, White Rock.

Beechnut Sun 24-May-20 08:34:12

Is it also called Snow on a Mountain?

Greyduster Sun 24-May-20 09:26:22

Snow in summer; looks nice tumbling over a rockery wall.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Sun 24-May-20 09:30:43

I can't see the fine detail of the leaves but it resembles a plant in my front border called Cerasteum Tomentosum or such like aka 'Snow in Summer'.

Beechnut Sun 24-May-20 09:42:04

I’ve always called it what I said further up thread after a friend told me that was it’s name.

I’ve now looked up Snow on a Mountain and it’s a completely different looking plant.

Thanks all for correcting my plant knowledge 😀

Lisagran Sun 24-May-20 09:45:38

Can I hijack this thread, as your question seems to have been answered OP, to ask if anyone knows what these are? I found this pot tucked away at the end of the garden - I must have planted bulbs in it at some point, but can’t remember them / no label. Thanks

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Callistemon Sun 24-May-20 09:55:15

We used to call it White Rock as well.
Silvery leaves and pretty white flowers.

Sorry, Lisagran, I dont know.

I was surprised to see three alliums growing in a garden bed which I don't remember planting, although I was happy to see them.

NfkDumpling Sun 24-May-20 09:56:19

Oh, we’ve got that Lisagran, it’s most annoying as it always flops over just where the mower is going! I’ll ask DH.

NfkDumpling Sun 24-May-20 10:04:12

The stuff Spottysocks is asking about is Snow in Summer (Cerastium Tormentosum)

It’s brilliant at holding back a steep bank as it doesn’t mind being dry, has a very strong root system and spreads. It doesn’t like our new garden though which doesn’t have the sandy, clay soil we had at the old place.

Sorry Lisagran. DH doesn’t know the name of those bulbs either!

Lisagran Sun 24-May-20 10:59:28

Ok, thanks, NfkDumpling! It’s very pretty, just no recollection of planting it!

mrswoo Sun 24-May-20 11:10:22

How odd spottysox - my dad gave me a cutting of snow in summer too, many years ago. It thrived in our garden and I loved it. When we moved to a flat with no garden I obviously left it behind. Now we have moved again and have a garden I have been thinking I must get some. It will always remind me of my father.

MaizieD Sun 24-May-20 11:13:07

It looks as though they might be ixias, Lisagran

Some pictures here. I used a 'reverse image search' for the first time. I think it's worked grin

MaizieD Sun 24-May-20 11:15:32

Snow in Summer is one of those 'bent on world domination' plants, I find, but absolutely amenable to being severely dealt with by yanking out its unwanted growth...

MadeInYorkshire Sun 24-May-20 11:21:26

I will hijack here too as I have one which no-one can identify! I am quite well organised and keep all my labels etc but this one seems to have slipped the net!

Anyone know what this is?

Lisagran Sun 24-May-20 11:45:44

Ooh, MaizieD, that’s definitely it - Ixias. A mystery solved - thank you!

Grandmafrench Sun 24-May-20 11:46:16

Lisagran's look just like Freesias !