Silver Ocean

Mertensia maritima

This new perennial ornamental edible variety has multiple uses for the garden and landscape. It’s native to cool Northern coastal climates and hardy in USDA zones 2-8. This close relative of Virginia Bluebells has a low spreading habit which makes it ideal for rock gardens, mixed containers and hanging baskets. This species is also commonly called Oysterplant or Oysterleaf and its crispy leaves have the savory taste of fresh oysters. Mertensia Silver Ocean prefers a well-drained soil and requires vernalization over winter to initiate flower bud production.

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Life cycle: perennial, USDA zones 2-8
Use: rock gardens, pots, containers and hanging baskets
Height in pot: 10 cm (4 in.)
Garden height: 10-20 cm (4-8 in.)
Garden spread: 30-40 cm (12-16 in.)
Seed count: 375 s/g (10.630 s/oz)
Seed form: profi seed
Germination rate: 80%

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