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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].
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Weed Potential No
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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).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from March to May, and the seeds ripen in June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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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].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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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.

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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].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Arabis caucasicaRock Cress, Wall RockcressPerennial0.2 4-9 MLMHSNDM203
Arabis hirsutaHairy rockcress, Mountain rockcress, Creamflower rockcressBiennial/Perennial0.6 4-8  LMHSNDM10 
Arabis lyrataRock Cress, Kamchatka rockcress, Lyrate rockcressBiennial/Perennial0.3 4-8  LMHSNDM10 
Arabis pendula Biennial0.9 -  LMHFSNM10 
Arabis sagittata Biennial/Perennial0.6 -  LMHSNDM10 
Arabis serrata Perennial0.3 6-9  LMHSNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Marinella Zepigi   Tue Jun 10 2008

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

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