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Spring Charm Rock Cress

Arabis 'Spring Charm'

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Spring Charm Rock Cress (Arabis 'Spring Charm') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Arabis 'Spring Charm' flowers

Arabis 'Spring Charm' flowers

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Plant Height:  6 inches

Flower Height:  8 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Wall Cress

Description:

A greatly textured low spreading plant that is covered with flowers in shades of pink in spring; perfect for wall and rock gardens; can shear after blooming for best appearance

Ornamental Features

Spring Charm Rock Cress is blanketed in stunning lightly-scented pink daisy flowers with white overtones and lemon yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring. Its small narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Spring Charm Rock Cress is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Spring Charm Rock Cress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Spring Charm Rock Cress will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Spring Charm Rock Cress is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features