Growing Spring Charm Arabis Flower Garden Seeds
- Taxonomy: Arabis blepharophylla
- Other Names: Garden Arabis, Wall Cress, Garden Rock Cress, Caucasian Rock Cress
- Seed Type: Perennial
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: Spring Charm Arabis flower seeds are hardy perennials commonly grown outdoors and indoors. For early flowers, begin seeds indoors 4 – 6 weeks prior to the final frost, with germination occurring in 21 – 28 days with full lighting.
- Days to Plant Maturity: 2nd Year Maturity
- Plant Hardiness Zone: 3 – 8
- Seed Planting Depth: Lightly press without covering 3 – 4 seeds into soil
- Plant Spacing: 6"
- Growth Habit: 4 – 6" tall trailing mound with a 6 – 8" spread of countless ½” blooms
- Soil Preference: Sandy, medium dry, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun – Partial shade
- Diseases/Pests/Troubleshooting: Spring Charm Arabis is tolerant to some heat, drought, and poor soils once established, but must be drained sharply. Plants are susceptible to crown and root rot, rust, and powdery mildew in gardens with poorly drained soils. Arabis has no serious pests or diseases, but watch for aphids on indoor varieties.
- Flower Colors: Fuchsia and purple blooms with hardy greens
Arabis blepharophylla, or more commonly known as Arabis, is native to California, specifically the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding coastal regions. The genus Arabis has grown exponentially over the last several years, with many of the "old world" varieties retaining the genus Arabis while many of the "new world" varieties have been reclassified in the Boechera genus.