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Rock Cress (Arabis caucasica)

A. albida.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Rock Cress
Arabis caucasica

A good ground cover plant for sunny positions[188, 197], forming a carpet[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    The leaves are used as a garnish in much the same way as watercress[183]. They are also sometimes used as a potherb[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – it is best to surface sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a light position in a cold frame[134]. Seed can also be sown in spring. It usually germinates in 2 – 3 weeks at 21¡c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division after flowering[111]. Very easy, the divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions if required. Cuttings in a shady border in summer[1].
Easily grown in ordinary well-drained soil[1]. Prefers a poor soil[187]. Succeeds in partial shade[134] though it tends to become straggly[197]. Established plants are very tolerant of drought and grow very well on a dry bank[190], they also succeed when grown in walls[219, K]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is hardy to about -15¡c[187], but can be rather invasive[200]. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[187]. A good butterfly and moth plant[30]. Bees are attracted to the flowers. Plants resent root disturbance and are best put in their final positions whilst still small[134]. This species is closely related to A. alpina[200].
S.E. Europe – Mediterranean. Occasionally naturalized in Britain[17].

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