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Arabis alpina - L.

Common Name Alpine Rock Cress, Alpine rockcress
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Screes and rocks in moist sites in mountains[45, 50].
Range Europe. In Britain it is only found on the Isle of Skye[17].
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Arabis alpina Alpine Rock Cress, Alpine rockcress


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Arabis alpina Alpine Rock Cress, Alpine rockcress
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Arabis alpina is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Mar to May, and the seeds ripen in June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - cooked or raw[105, 177]. An agreeable cress-like flavour[183]. Flowers - raw or cooked[105, 177]. A cress-like flavour[183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in ordinary well-drained soil[1, 134]. Prefers a sandy loam and a sunny position. Another report says that it prefers partial shade[134]. Plants resent root disturbance and are best put in their final positions whilst still small[134]. The flowers are attractive to bees.

Propagation

Seed - it is best to surface sow the seed as soon as it is ripe in a light position in a cold frame[134]. Seed can also be sown in spring. It usually germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at 21°c[134]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division after flowering[111]. Very easy, the divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions if required. Cuttings in a shady border in summer[1].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Arabis caucasicaRock Cress, Wall Rockcress20
Arabis hirsutaHairy rockcress, Mountain rockcress, Creamflower rockcress10
Arabis lyrataRock Cress, Kamchatka rockcress, Lyrate rockcress10
Arabis pendula 10
Arabis sagittata 10
Arabis serrata 10

 

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Marinella Zepigi   Tue Jun 10 2008

Acta plantarum forum botanico Description - Photos - Arabis alpina L.

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