Native to the mountains of southwestern Europe, this evergreen plant carpets the ground with mats of mosslike foliage 24 inches high. Weak stems to 1 feet long are set with grayish green, 12- to 34 inches-long leaves that are usually coated with soft hairs. In late spring and summer, the plant is covered by a profusion of inch-wide white flowers. Needs well-drained soil. Good for trailing over sunny rocks or tumbling over a low wall; ideal for rock gardens or for planting between stepping stones. Seldom browsed by deer.
For the plant sometimes sold as A. verna (A. v. caespitosa 'Aurea'), see Sagina subulata glabrata 'Aurea'.