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Aethionema grandiflorum

Persian stonecress

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height0.2m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPink, purple
  • Leaf ColourMedium green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Aethionema grandiflorum (Persian stonecress). Also known as Aethionema pulchellum, this a low-growing evergreen subshrub. It will need to be pruned lightly after flowering; this will promote new growth. The flowers are pale to deep rose-pink or purple and produced in loose racemes.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Candytuft, Stonecress

Origin

Middle East

Interest and use

Rock garden, ground cover, walls, gravel garden, containers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH8.0 to 9.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

It will need a sunny position and will prefer an alkaline, well drained soil. In colder climates mulching is usually recommended.

Propagation

Most species self seed readily. Or propagate by softwood cuttings in the spring or by seed in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids and red spider mites may be a problem.

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