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Arabis scabra

Bristol rock cress

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to May
  • Height0.2m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourCream
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Arabis scabra (Bristol rock cress). This is a low-spreading perennial. The leaves are mid green and obovate. The cream flowers are produced in long-stalked racemes in early spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

Mediterranean lowland carboniferous limestone. In the UK, this plant is only found in the Bristol Avon Gorge area and Combwich in S. Somerset, where it was introduced.

Interest and use

Scree, rock gardens, shallow soils.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Gritty, Lime-rich
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil with a position in full sun.

Propagation

Sow the seeds in a cold frame in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for aphids, downy mildew and white blister.

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