Arabis Rock Cress

Simple little perennials with irregularly shaped white flowers.


At one time arabis was frequently used for edging flowerbeds; actually it is a rock plant, which in sunny situations may also be used as ground cover.


Requires fairly dry soil, especially in winter —sandy with a certain amount of lime.


Garden varieties by division or from cut­tings taken after flowering; common species from seed.

Arabis X arendsii: Height 10-20 cm; rose-pink or purple-red flowers in mid spring. Two well known varieties are ‘Coccinea’ and ‘Rosabella’.

Arabis caucasica: Height 10-20 cm; white flowers in early to mid spring; slightly felty grey-green foliage. ‘Plena’ is a fine double form and ‘Snow Cap’ remains very compact, not exceeding 10 cm. This species may also be used for cutting.

Arabis Rock Cress

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