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Fragrant Persian Stonecress (Aethionema)

Aethionema schistosum
SKU: HC014359
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
No longer available this season.
Aethionema schistosum (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).
key features
Botanical Name
Aethionema schistosum
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Fragrant, Evergreen, Small Spaces, Rock Gardens
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
10" tall
Bloom Time
Early to mid spring


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.
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