The mountain aven is also known as arctic dryad or alpine dryad. This plant is actually a ground-hugging, blooming plant that thrives in cold, sunny mountainous locations. The mountain aven is primarily found in alpine meadows and rocky, barren ridges. The mountain aven grows in the western United States and Canada. Also the mountain aven flowers are found in the Cascade and Rocky Mountains and they are also common as far north as Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. The Mountain aven is also the national flower of Iceland.


Information about Mountain Aven

Actually the Mountain avens plants consist of low-growing, mat-forming plants with small, leathery leaves. They root at nodes along the creeping stems, which makes these little plants valuable members of the ecosystem for their ability to stabilize loose, gravelly mountain slopes. The Mountain avens is distinguished by small, eight-petalled blooms with yellow centers. Mountain aven plants are not at risk, probably because they grow in punishing climates visited primarily by the most intrepid hikers and mountaineers. Unlike many other wildflowers, the mountain aven flowers are not threatened by urban development and habitat destruction.


Growing Mountain Aven

If you live in chilly Region Mountain aven plants are suitable for home garden. If you actually live in a warm, humid climate don’t waste your time as mountain avens are suitable for growing only in the cool northern climes of USDA plant hardiness zones three through six. If you live north of zone six, the mountain aven plants are relatively easy to grow in well-drained, gritty, alkaline soil. Full sunlight is actually a must; the mountain aven plant won’t tolerate shade. The Mountain aven plant seeds require stratification, and the seeds need to be planted in pots in a sheltered outdoor location or cold frame as soon as possible. The germination may take anywhere from a month to a year, though depending on the growing conditions. Make sure you plant the seedlings in individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, and then allow the plants spend their first winter in a greenhouse environment before planting them in their permanent home.

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