White Dryad (Dryas octopetala)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: To 3 cm (1 inch); plant may form raised mounds.
Plant Spread: Forms mats to 30 cm (12 inches) or more.
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: green top, white tomantose underneath
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Other: Usually 8 petalled, hence the name octopetala
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Inflorescence Height: To 5 cm (2 inches)
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Groundcover
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Seeds germinate at room temperature; no pretreatment required.
Propagation: Other methods: Layering
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Wind
Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: National Flower of Iceland; Territorial Flower of the Northwest Territories, Canada


Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 19, 2016 10:06 PM

National flower of Iceland.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 7, 2016 1:21 PM

Official territorial plant of the Northwest Territories, Canada.

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