Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm'
Wall Rockcress, Wall Cress, Pink Rockcress, Mountain Rockcress
syn A. blepharophylla Fruhlingszauber
Packet containing 21mg
Average contents 75 seeds.
Flowers: Deep Rose-Carmine. Early to late spring
Foliage: Flat mats of foliage. Slightly succulent like evergreen leaves
Height: 15to 20cm (6 to 8in)
Spread: 30 to 50cm (12 to 20in)
Position: Sun to light shade
Soil types: Well drained ordinary garden soil
blepharophylla or ‘Rose rockcress’ is a dwarf, mat-forming evergreen
perennial with soft deep green leaves that form ground-hugging
of bright clusters of four-petalled rosy-pink flowers are borne on
short stems from late spring into summer. A well grown specimen can be
covered in hundreds of flowers which are sweetly scented and
Arabis is readily familiar as a widely planted rock garden or edging perennial. This pretty California
native resembles and is related to Aubrieta and is used in a similar
fashion. It makes a good groundcover and is excellent for trailing over
the edges of containers, over stones or down walls.
are easy to grow, tough & hardy, avoid wet areas and cut back after
flowering for best foliage. Plant under spring-blooming bulbs ferns or
wildflowers for a bright spring display. In containers or in the
garden, it will fill the void when yearning for blooms is tugging at
Sowing: Sow in early autumn for flowering the following spring, or in late spring for flowering the following year.
Fill cells or pots with a free draining seed compost, stand the containers in water to moisten thoroughly, then drain. Sow
the seeds on the surface of the compost; do not cover as the seeds need
light to germinate. Make sure the compost is moist and not wet and seal
in a polythene bag until after germination which usually takes 14-21
days at 18-20°C (65-68°F). Keep in a coldframe or unheated greenhouse.
Remove the polythene bag once the first seedlings appear.
seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them to 7cm (3in) pots
to grow on. Remember to hold the seedlings by the leaves and not the
established, plant out spacing 20cm (8in) apart into a well drained
garden soil preferably with gritty, well-drained soil in full sun.
can also be sown directly in open ground. Sow a few seeds into a small
prepared area. Thin out seedlings as they grow firstly to 5cm (2in)
apart, then to 20cm (8in) apart. Replant the transplanted seedlings in
another part of the garden.
are easy to grow. They prefer light, well-drained soil and are tolerant
of a wide pH range but will be short lived if drainage is poor. (Plants
have a tendency to suffer from root rot when conditions are too cool
and wet.). It will grow in light shade, but for best blooms should be
planted in full sun. It does fine in shade, but bloom time will be
is one golden rule: Cut back after flowering! The flowers fade during
the first half of June, sheer the plant back after it is finished
blooming to regain fresh growth & compactness. If left untrimmed it
will become rangy in summer heat. Do not cut back foliage in autumn or
early spring, doing so will prevent the plants from flowering.
Suitable for rockeries, walls, borders, edging paths, planters, window boxes. Low Maintenance, Gravel Gardens. Costal areas. Underplanting of shrubs. Attractive to both bees and butterflies.
The species is native to coastal bluffs and hillsides on the western slopes of the California coast ranges.
Arabis is the Greek word for ‘Arabian’.
species name blephariphyllus, (pronounced blef-ar-oh-FIL-uh) is taken
from the Latin blepharis meaning 'eyelash' and phyllon meaning 'leaf or
foliage'. The literal meaning is 'fringed leaf'
Fruhlingszauber is German for Spring Charm ('frühling' meaning spring, 'zauber' means 'charm')