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Paronychia argyrocoma

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry

Soil Description: poor, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 4"-12"

Bloom Time: June, July

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: silver

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7

Additional Tags: creeping, mat-forming, rare, rock garden plant

Paronychia argyrocoma (silver nailwort)
  • Paronychia argyrocoma (silver nailwort)
  • Paronychia argyrocoma (silver nailwort)
  • Paronychia argyrocoma (silver nailwort)

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Description

Paronychia argyrocoma

Also known as:

silver nailwort

,

silverling

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

The small white flower clusters appear atop silvery, hairy bracts that give the silver nailwort its common name.

Cultivation

Paronychia argyrocoma is usually found growing in exposed, barren upland areas devoid of any organic material. That along with its mat forming habit, make this is an ideal plant for rock gardens exposed to full sun. It may be used as a groundcover. May bloom from May to July. Zones 4-7

Propagation

Propagate from seed or division. Mature plants are self layering.

Additional Notes

Paronychia argyrocoma is a rare plant that has been further endangered by hiking and the use of ATVs in its natural highland range. It has also been threatened by over collection of wild specimens.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
DC, GA, KY, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, TN, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: KY, MA
  • Threatened: ME, NH, TN

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Caryophyllidae
Order Caryophyllales
Family Caryophyllaceae Pink family
Genus Paronychia nailwort
Species Paronychia argyrocoma silver nailwort