Mountain daisy Arenaria montana

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
mountain daisy


A. montana is a low evergreen perennial forming a loose mat to 30cm in width, of small, rich green, elliptic leaves, with erect stems to 10cm in height, each carrying a few pure white flowers 1.5-2cm in width in early summer

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Mountain Sandwort, Mountain Daisy

    • Common names

      Arenaria montana.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      12 inches (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Arenaria montana, commonly known as mountain sandwort, is known for attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that play a vital role in pollination.
    • Drought Tolerance: Mountain sandwort is recognized for its ability to withstand periods of drought, making it suitable for xeriscaping or gardens in arid climates.
    • Ground Cover: With its mat-forming habit, it provides an excellent ground cover that suppresses weeds and covers bare spots in the garden.
    • Low Maintenance: Mountain sandwort is appreciated for being easy to care for, requiring minimal maintenance once established.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: Its dense foliage and white star-shaped flowers add beauty and visual interest to rock gardens, borders, and alpine settings.
    • Erosion Control: The plant's ability to spread and form mats makes it effective at stabilizing soil and preventing erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Tolerance to Poor Soils: Mountain sandwort can thrive in poor, sandy, or gravelly soils where other plants might struggle, making it versatile for challenging garden spots.
    • Cold Hardy: It is able to survive and thrive in cold climates, making it a suitable choice for mountainous or northern regions.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Arenaria montana is sometimes used in traditional medicine for its potential anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Diuretic: The plant has been considered to have diuretic effects, which might help in the excretion of urine.
    • Antispasmodic: There are claims that it has antispasmodic qualities, which could help in relieving spasms or muscle cramps.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Arenaria montana, commonly known as mountain sandwort, can be used as a green roof plant in alpine and rock gardens to create a drought-resistant and low-maintenance vegetation layer.
    • The plant's dense and mat-forming growth habit makes it suitable for use as a ground cover to suppress weeds in garden beds and borders.
    • Mountain sandwort's ability to thrive in poor soil makes it valuable for erosion control on slopes and embankments, helping to stabilize the soil with its root system.
    • Its tolerance to cold and frost conditions allows it to be used in creating winter interest in gardens, as it maintains its foliage throughout the colder months.
    • The white, star-like flowers of this plant can be used to enhance the visual appeal of rock crevices and stone walls in landscaping designs.
    • Mountain sandwort can act as a filler in between pavers and stepping stones, providing a soft green texture and flowers that can tolerate light foot traffic.
    • In large-scale landscape applications, Arenaria montana can be used to create a "green carpet" effect in open sunny areas.
    • The plant serves as an important nectar source for pollinators such as bees and butterflies when it blooms, supporting local ecosystems.
    • It can also be planted in container gardens where its cascading foliage can spill over the edges, adding dimension and interest.
    • As an ornamental, mountain sandwort is also suitable for miniature and fairy gardening due to its small size and delicate appearance.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Mountain Sandwort is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Mountain Sandwort is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Purity: Arenaria montana, also known as Mountain Sandwort, typically symbolizes purity. Its bright white flowers resemble a clean and untainted aesthetic that can be associated with innocence and the pure essence of nature.
    • Simplicity: The simple structure and the modest size of Mountain Sandwort reflect a symbolism of simplicity. It embodies the beauty in the uncomplicated forms of life.
    • Grounding: Due to its low-growing, mat-forming nature, Mountain Sandwort is often linked to the theme of grounding. It represents staying close to the earth and finding stability within the natural world.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Mountain sandwort requires moderate watering; it should be watered deeply once a week, allowing about a gallon of water per plant. This may vary depending on the climate and the season, as the plant needs more water during hot, dry periods and less during cool, wet periods. Allow the topsoil to dry out slightly between waterings to ensure that you do not overwater and risk root rot. It's essential to avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    Mountain sandwort thrives best in full sun to partial shade. It should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Ideal placement would be in a spot that gets morning sunlight and is partially shielded from the intense afternoon sun, as this can sometimes be too harsh for the plant.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Mountain sandwort is hardy and can endure a range of temperatures, with ideal growth occurring between 60°F and 75°F. This plant can survive minimum temperatures down to 10°F, and maximum temperatures as high as 80°F, although prolonged exposure to extremes outside of its comfort zone may impede its growth and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Mountain sandwort should be pruned primarily to remove dead or damaged foliage and to maintain its compact shape. Light pruning can be done in early spring or after the plant has finished flowering to encourage a second bloom. Periodic trimming will also help promote denser growth and a more attractive appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Mountain Sandwort thrives in well-drained soil with a mixture of sand, peat, and loamy components at a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5, which is slightly acidic to neutral. A recipe could include one part sand, one part peat, and two parts loam.

  • plantRepotting

    Mountain Sandwort does not require frequent repotting; it can be repotted every 2 to 3 years or when the plant has outgrown its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Mountain Sandwort prefers moderate humidity but is quite tolerant and can thrive in both somewhat dry and moderately humid conditions, as long as it is not overly wet.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Mountain Sandwort in bright light and avoid overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade, with well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Arenaria montana, commonly known as mountain sandwort, begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in spring when temperatures rise and there's ample moisture. The seedling stage involves the emergence of the radicle, followed by the plumule and true leaves as the plant establishes itself. Once matured into a rosette, the vegetative stage involves leaf and stem growth, after which the plant enters the flowering stage, typically in late spring to early summer, with white, star-shaped flowers that attract pollinators. After pollination, the plant produces small seed capsules during the fruiting stage, which release seeds once mature. The plant may enter a period of dormancy during colder months, especially in higher altitude or colder climates, before resprouting in the next cycle. Throughout its life, Arenaria montana can also spread asexually through its root system, expanding its reach without seed production.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: For the Arenaria montana, also known as Mountain Sandwort, the most popular method of propagation is through seed. Sowing should be done in late winter to early spring, as the cool temperatures help to break the seed's dormancy. The seeds should be scattered over a well-draining soil mix and lightly covered with soil. After sowing, the tray or pot should be kept moist but not waterlogged, as consistent moisture improves germination rates. Germination can take from two to four weeks, after which the seedlings can be thinned out and eventually transplanted into the garden once they are large enough to handle and the danger of frost has passed.