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Arabis hirsuta

Hairy Rock Cress

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.15m to 0.6m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Arabis hirsuta (Hairy Rock Cress). This species is an annual or occasionally biennial with tapered oval leaves borne in basal rosettes and alternately up the stem. The plant is covered in stiff, hars, some of which fork. The white flowers are held in spikes and appear in early to late summer.

Also known as Arabis brownii.

Characteristics

Annual or Biennial, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Excellent ground cover in a rock garden.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

Not normally cultivated, but adapted to dry, disturbed ground and so may be used on walls, rock gardens and gravel gardens.

Propagation

By seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mildew and white blister could cause a problem.

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