ROCKCRESS

FAMILY: Brassicaceae | GENUS: ARABIS

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

Low-growing, spreading plants for edgings, rock gardens, ground covers, pattern plantings. All kinds have attractive year-round foliage and clusters of small, white, pink, or rose-purple flowers in spring. Seldom browsed by deer. Give good drainage.

mountain rockcress

arabis alpina

  • Native to mountain elevations of Europe.
  • Low, tufted, rough-hairy plant 410 inches high, 2 feet wide.
  • Produces white flowers in dense, short clusters.
  • Selection 'Rosea' bears pink flowers; 'Variegata' has yellow-edged green leaves.

arabis a

  • caucasica (A.
  • albida).
  • WALL ROCKCRESS.
  • Native from Mediterranean region to Iran.
  • This plant is a dependable old favorite.
  • Forms mat of gray-green leaves to 6 inches high, 112 feet wide.
  • White flowers almost cover plant during bloom season.
  • Excellent ground cover and base planting for spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and 'Paper White' narcissus.
  • Provide some shade in hot climates.
  • Variegata has gray leaves with creamy white margins; 'Flore Pleno' is double flowered; 'Rosabella' and 'Pink Charm' bear pink blooms.

white rockcress

arabis procurrens

  • Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
  • Native to southeastern Europe.
  • Creeping plant with 112 inches leaves and white flowers clustered on 4- to 12 inches stems.
  • Over time, spreads widely.

A.x sturii

  • Dense, fist-size cushions of small, bright green leaves eventually grow into small mats bearing clusters of white flowers on 2- to 3 inches stems.
  • Some consider this species among the finest rock garden plants.

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