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Mountain Avens

Dryas octopetala

Also known as

White Dryad, Creeping Oak, White-Flowered Dryad, Eight-Petal Mountain-Avens, Mountain Dryas, White Mountain-Avens

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Mountain Avens Overview

This lovely alpine plant can make evergreen mats up to 20cm tall in flower with a spread exceeding 1m. It has dark green scalloped leaves to 4cm long. The beautiful pure white flowers, 3cm across and with a boss of golden stamens in the centre, are produced in late spring and early summer. These are followed by equally ornamental fluffy silver seed heads. Dryas octopetala var. argentea (syn. lanata) has felted leaves on both sides; 'Minor' has smaller flowers and leaves. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

How to propagate Mountain Avens

Cuttings

Propagate from seed or cuttings.

Seed

Special features of Mountain Avens

Ground cover

Other uses of Mountain Avens

Rock gardens, ground cover, heaths. Spring/Summer interest.