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Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm'

Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm'
rose rock cress

Common name rose rock cress
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-7)
Flowers pink (April)
Size 4-10 in.
Light full sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed easy: germinates at room temperature. slow-growing.
detailed seed-starting info below

Fragrant flowers up to 1" across in early spring, blooming with the earliest tulips. Each flowerhead is made up of a dark purple center, with four-petaled individual flowers opening up in pale violet along the perimeter. Prune back after flowering to encourage compactness and a second bloom (unless of course you want to collect seed).

Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm'
In bloom in the third week of March in its second year
rose rock cress
A month after starting its bloom, the seedpods are busily forming, making for a bit of a messy look
Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm'
'Red Sensation'

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS '01/'02 exchange. Baggy 70F (95%G, 5-9d)
  2. Seed from garden '03 germinated rapidly at room temperature, sprouting radicles in 4 days, cotyledons by 6 days.
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (100%G, 7d)
  4. Seed from '03 garden. Baggy 70F (90%G, 7-10d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (80%G, 8-11d)
  6. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (63%G, 12-30d)
  7. Seed from NARGS '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 70F (80%G, 4-10d)
  8. Seed for 'Rose Delight' from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (68%G, 5-10d)
  9. Seed for 'Spring Charm from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F (67%G, 7-12d)

Long-viable seed, no light required for germination.

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