I know, another white flower, maybe I should just give up and call this month “White May” or something a little catchier like “It’ll be All White On the Night”. A bit naff? Quite right, we will stick with “I’m Dreaming of a White Springtime”
This is Androsace septentrionalis “Star Dust”, Native American and a member of the primrose family, also known as pygmy flower and rock jasmine. The name, which I am struggling to pronounce so please don’t ask, comes from the Greek “andr” (“man”) and “sakos” (“shield”), referring to the protective properties of an unknown, and undoubtedly, mysterious ancestor. “Septentrionalis” is Latin for “northern”. As it is found growing in the Rocky Mountains and other alpine regions of the USA it naturally enjoys, well-drained conditions. I have it on, slightly dodgy, authority that although tricky to divide it will self-seed if happy. It looks quite content to me, so just in case of little ‘uns emerging we will have to be less rigorous in our weeding of this spot. We use this excuse a great deal. It also appears that it may well die after flowering, the rosette losing its chlorophyll and turning a lovely russet hue; all very well but I would have preferred a slightly longer life span. There is no point in worrying about this, it is out of my control so will refrain from doomily predicting its demise. Instead I will enjoy the moment and these dainty candelabra of simple, yellow-eyed flowers.