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Aethionema grandiflorum
Persian Stonecress
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Zone 5 to Zone 9
Plant Shapes: Cushion Subshrub
1.022.100

Native to the Middle East, this is a low shrubby perennial that forms a beautiful cushioned mound of soft blue-green needle-shaped leaves. Small clusters of light rose-pink blooms are produced over many weeks in late spring and early summer. Grows best in poor, dry alkaline soil but needs excellent drainage. Dislikes winter wet. Prune lightly after blooming to maintain a bushy habit. Although not a long-lived perennial, this will self-seed where happy. A terrific choice for sunny rock gardens and walls or alpine troughs. May need protection from browsing deer. May prove to be hardy in colder regions if snowcover is reliable.


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Conditions     Appearance    
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun

Soil Type
  Loamy
  Sandy

Soil pH
  Alkaline
  Neutral

Soil Moisture
  Dry

Care Level
  Moderate

Foot Traffic
  None

Rate of Spread
  Medium
Flower Colour
  Light Pink

Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Late Spring
  Mid Summer

Foliage Color
  Blue
  Grey Green

Plant Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Containers
  Drought Tolerant
  Edging
  Evergreen

Flower Head Size
  Small

Height
   15-30 cm
   6-12 inches

Spread
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches


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