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Arabis turrita

Towercress

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height0.45m to 0.9m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourCream
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Arabis turrita (Towercress). This species is a biennial or perennial, with lance-shaped, irregularly and shallowly toothed mid green leaves held on stiff erect hairy stems. The cream flowers are produced in racemes in spring. The fruits are flattened pods of about 7-12 cm long which are upright when young, and bend over as they mature.

Characteristics

Perennial or Biennial, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe, N.W. Africa

Interest and use

Walls, rock gardens, containers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Gritty
  • 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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