Aethionema schistosum

Fragrant Persian Stonecress

Persian Stonecress is a fragrant Old World wildflower with pink, late spring flowers held over attractive blue-green foliage. It thrives in heat and full sun in well-drained soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height10" tall
Mature Spread15" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to mid spring
ShippingNo longer shipping to zones 2-10 this season.
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SizePlant - 2.5" Pot
SKUHC014359

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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10" tall x 15" wide (seed propagated). Hundreds of soft pink flower clusters smother this plant in early spring; get close and you will enjoy its intensely sweet fragrance. The tiny leaves are evergreen, and are a distinctive powder . When finished blooming, cut back the old flowering stems to just above the new cluster of foliage at the base of the plant.

Plant in a lean, fast-draining soil, where Aethionema will spread by reseeding itself. Plant early-blooming, low-growing Veronica liwanensis or Alyssum 'Mountain Gold' to carpet the ground around it.
More Information
SKUHC014359
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Fragrant Persian Stonecress
Botanical Name
Aethionema schistosum
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Mature Height
10" tall
Mature Spread
15" wide
Bloom Time
Early to mid spring
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Yes
Advantages
Evergreen
Ideal Region
West
Planting Time
Fall
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides

Aethionema (Stonecress) is a genus of Old World perennials with evergreen foliage and fragrant pink flowers.
Preferred growing conditions:

  • Plant in a fast draining, infertile soil with full sun. Mulch with gravel.
  • Keep regularly watered for the first growing season to establish the roots. Infrequent but deep watering thereafter.
  • Deadhead after flowering to keep the foliage tidy.
  • Fertilize lightly in fall with Yum Yum Mix.

Special comments:

  • Evergreen foliage doesn't like to be cut back unless removing occasional winter killed branches.

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