Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm' is a dwarf, mat-forming evergreen perennial with soft deep green leaves that form ground-hugging rosettes.
Masses of bright clusters of four-petalled, deep carmine 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 long-lasting.
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. The plants work well in between paving stones too.
These plants are easy to grow, tough and hardy, they prefer to grow in full sun but will tolerate light shade. There are two golden rules for best performance, simply avoid planting them in wet areas as they enjoy light, well-drained soil particularly in the winter months and remember to cut back directly after flowering for the best foliage.
Even in winter time Arabis Spring Charm looks fabulous because of its evergreen highly attractive 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 your core.
- Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit
In 1993 Arabis blepharophylla 'Spring Charm' was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
A key indicator that this variety is worth growing in your garden.
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 to 21 days at 18 to 20°C (65 to 68°F). Keep in a coldframe or unheated greenhouse. Remove the polythene bag once the first seedlings appear.
When 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 stem.
Once established, plant out spacing 20cm (8in) apart into a well drained garden soil preferably with gritty, well-drained soil in full sun.
Seeds 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.
Arabis 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 slightly shorter.
There 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 blepharophylla, pronounced blef-ar-oh-FIL-uh, is native to coastal bluffs and hillsides on the western slopes of the California coast ranges.
It is endemic to California, growing mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is uncommon in the wild but is often grown as an attractive, sweet-scented flowering garden plant. There are several cultivars bred for garden use.
Arabis is the Greek word for ‘Arabian’.
The species name blephariphyllus is taken from the Latin blepharis meaning 'eyelash' and phyllon meaning 'leaf or foliage'. The literal meaning is 'fringed leaf'
This variety can be found in catalogues with the name Fruhlingszauber, 'frühling' meaning 'spring' and 'zauber' meaning 'charm' - German for 'Spring Charm'.
Native to coastal bluffs and hillsides on the western slopes of the Coast ranges, it is known by a number of common names including Coast rock cress and Rose rock cress.
- Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Additional Information
Packet Size 50mg Average Seed Count 100 Seeds Family Brassicaceae Genus Arabis Species blepharophylla Cultivar Spring Charm Synonym Arabis blepharophylla Fruhlingszauber Common Name syn Arabis Fruhlingszauber
Coast Rock Cress, Rose Rock Cress.
Other Common Names Wall Cress Other Language Names Fr: Arabette du caucase Hardiness Hardy Perennial Flowers Deep Carmine. Natural Flower Time Early to late spring Foliage Flat mats of foliage. Slightly succulent like evergreen leaves Height 15 to 20cm (6 to 8in) Spread 30 to 50cm (12 to 20in) Position Sun to light shade Soil Well drained ordinary garden soil Time to Sow Sow in early autumn, or in late spring for flowering the following year. Germination 14-21 days at 18-20°C (65-68°F)