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Alpine Mouse Ears

Cerastium alpinum

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Alpine Mouse Ears (Cerastium alpinum) at Pasquesi Home & Gardens

Cerastium alpinum foliage

Cerastium alpinum foliage

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Height: 6 inches

Spread: 18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: Alpine Chickweed


Interesting fuzzy textured 'mouse-ear' foliage with pretty white flowers in spring; this drought resistant plant is great in rock and alpine gardens

Ornamental Features:

Alpine Mouse Ears is blanketed in stunning white bell-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early summer. It's small tomentose round leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Alpine Mouse Ears is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance perennial, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alpine Mouse Ears is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Border Edging
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Alpine Mouse Ears will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This perennial should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This plant can be propagated by division.

This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing Rock Edging Garden Groundcover Naturalizing Container
Flowers Texture
Ornamental Features