Help A Reader ID This Plant

February 19, 2010 | By | Comments (18)



Plea from Lauren:

Hi Grumpy!

I really need help identifying this ground cover.  I got this at Home Depot a couple years ago and for the life of me I can’t remember what it is called!  I think I remember the word “mountain” was involved in the common name listed on the tag.  It has really pretty, tiny white blooms in spring and spreads rapidly.  If you know what this is it would save me from continuing in my self-inflicted frustration!!

Thanks Grumpy!!  Lauren
OK, Grumpians, how hard could this be? If the plant came from Home Depot, we know it can’t be that rare! So what is it? Grumpy’s first thought was bacopa, (Sutera cordata) but the foliage doesn’t look right. Whoever correctly identifies it first wins an all-expense paid luxury cruise for two to lovely Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


  1. Adam

    judging by both the foliage and the flower, it looks like Nemesia to me!

    May 27, 2012 at 11:44 am
  2. Lori Cude

    White nierembergia

    May 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm
  3. Grumpy Gardener (His Magnificence)

    It’s mountain sandwort (see above).

    March 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm
  4. Nell Cecil

    Would the plant be the Moon Flower?

    March 25, 2010 at 1:07 pm
  5. Jan

    Is this related to ‘Monte Blanc’ nierembergia??

    March 15, 2010 at 12:37 am
  6. Barb

    Ibeliev the plant is a sandwort. Spreads rapidly, loves sun and blooms in spring

    March 11, 2010 at 10:55 pm
  7. Tammi H

    I believe that ground cover is crownvetch.

    March 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  8. Vivien

    I sympathize, Lauren, but I bet spring gets to Georgia before it reaches Massachusetts, even this crazy year! My daughter, who is in school in Nashville, has been teasing me with reports of 65 degree days. She likes living in the South – I’m tickled to see it, given my Alabama roots.

    February 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm
  9. Grumpy Gardener (His Magnificence)

    I don’t know how the flower tastes, but that paper slurry in Pine Bluff — now, THAT’S a meal!

    February 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm
  10. Jim Long

    How does it taste? I judge nearly all plants by how they taste in cream cheese. And I know that’s no help and I’ll not have even the ghost of a chance of winning that all expenses paid trip to Pine Bluff and the paper mills, but hey, if you can’t make a good salad out of it, is it worth identifying? Good luck.

    February 22, 2010 at 11:48 am
  11. Lauren

    Thanks Vivien and GG! Y’all are great! I cant wait to see it bloom this spring. Spring can’t come soon enough with all this freezing weather we have had in Georgia!

    February 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm
  12. Grumpy Gardener aka His Excellency

    By George — or should I say, by Vivien — I think you got it! It’s ‘Avalanche’ mountain sandwort (Arenaria montana). So, Viv, the cruise canoe is all ready, whenever you want to start paddling.

    February 21, 2010 at 10:56 am
  13. Vivien

    I think it’s Arenaria montana.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm
  14. Mary

    At Home Depot, some of my most successful plants were from the Proven Winners brand. P. Allen Smith endorsed some varieties, including a Superbells Calibrachoa. Looking at this specimen, though, I’m not sure about that.

    February 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm
  15. Jennifer

    rocky mountain phlox?

    February 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm
  16. Henry H.

    Some species of Calibrachoa????

    February 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm
  17. Grumpy Gardener (His Magnificence)

    Nice try, but I don’t think that’s it. The bloom of mountain avens has more petals.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:49 pm
  18. Steven I

    Mountain avens?
    Dryas octopetala

    February 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

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