Hooker's Sandwort (Arenaria)

Hookers Sandwort (Arenaria hookeri v. desertii), also called Desert Sandwort, has soft moss-like foliage that is covered with a spray of petite white flowers in late spring. Native to Utah, this semi-evergreen plant grows just a couple of inches tall and provides year-round interest and texture for rock gardens or walkways. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones4 - 8
Great For Mass Plantings
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 1" tall
Mature Spread12" wide
Bloom TimeEarly summer
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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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(2” tall x 10” wide) This is a small, rug-like growing perennial with a profusion of small white flowers in late spring, attracting bees to their nectar. A native plant from Utah, this is an excellent choice for rock gardens and xeric plantings. Tuck in between rocks or between flagstone pavers where it will grow like moss. In hotter climates, this plant benefits from afternoon shade. Recommended companion plants include Cold Hardy Cacti, Sulfur Buckwheat (Eriogonum) and small growing Beardtongues (Penstemon).
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Associated SKUsHC017811
HC017528 (Plant - 5" Deep Pot) - Out of stock.
HC017812 (Plant - 2.5" Pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Hooker's Sandwort
Botanical Name
Arenaria hookeri v. desertorum
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
1" tall
Mature Spread
12" wide
Bloom Time
Early summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Very Waterwise, Waterwise
Native, Groundcover, Great For Mass Plantings, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To Canada
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