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propagating perennials: Minuartia verna-Irish Moss, Leadwort
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Minuartia verna-Irish Moss, Leadwort

Minuartia or Irish Moss should be propagated in the fall by cutting out a plug from the main clump and replanting. It is an evergreen groundcover that prefers an alkaline soil versus acidic and can be walked on because it only reaches a height of 2"-4". It flowers in May/June and the white and now pink blossoms put on a show. There is also a golden leafed variety. In the U.K. it is found around lead mines, hence nicknamed Leadwort and tolerates humidity and although it will survive in full sun it prefers half sun and half shade. May not be deer resistant.

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