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Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Native to the Mediterranean region and Asia Minor. These shrublets, attractive in or out of bloom, are best adapted to colder climates and are favorites among rock gardeners. They grow best in a light, porous soil with considerable lime. Bloom comes in late spring to summer. Clip spent flowers to extend the bloom season.

Aethionema schistosum (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Aethionema schistosum (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Aethionema schistosum

Grows to 5–10 in. high and 1 ft. wide. Its erect, unbranched stems are densely clothed with narrow, slate blue leaves. Fragrant flowers are rose-colored.


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