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Arabis (AIR-uh-biss)

Common Name:  Rock cress

Light:  - Full sun to part shade

Soil:  Average to rich, well-drained

Moisture:  Average to dry

Blooms:  Late spring

Zones:  3 - 7


Arabis 'Snowcap'

Arabis Description and Cultural Information

Arabis caucasica, rock cress. 6" - 10". Arabis forms a low growing mat of gray-green foliage. In the spring it has a profusion of upright clusters of white or pink flowers. 'Snowcap' is a nice white selection.

Arabis ferdinandi-coburgii 'Variegata', variegated rock cress. 4" - 5". This very low growing variety has green and white foliage with white flowers.

How to Grow:  Plant rock cress in average to rich, light, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Plants will rot if they become too wet and will falter in heavy soils. Cut them back after flowering to keep the foliage looking tidy. Divide every few years if the center dies out, however often they will self seed to stay nice and full.

Landscape uses:  Rock cress is great as a border or rock garden plant with spring bulbs and other spring blooming flowers.

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