Monday, January 19, 2015

Featured Plant of The Day: 'Whitewell Gem' False Rockcress

Aubrieta deltoidea 'Whitewell Gem' 
False Rockcress

Type    Perennial
Hardy range    4A to 7A
Height    6" to 12" / 15cm to 30cm
Spread    12" to 24" / 30cm to 60cm
Growth rate    Average
Form    Spreading or horizontal
Exposure    Partial shade or partial sun to full sun
Persistence    Deciduous and evergreen

Bloom Color    Purple
Bloom Time    Spring

The flowers are suitable for cut flowers.

This plant tolerates drought.
This plant will grow in dry to moist soil.
Suitable soil is well-drained/loamy or sandy.
The pH preference is a neutral to alkaline (6.8 to more than 7.7) soil.

Leaf Color    Green and silvery
This plant has attractive foliage.

Landscape Uses
-    Container plantings
-    Alpine garden
-    Rock garden
-    Woodland garden
-    Border
-    Massing
-    Groundcover

Attributes and Features
-    Attracts butterflies

Culture Notes
These plants will be short-lived in areas where summers are hot.  Plant in northern or eastern exposures if the summer is hot.  Unless collecting seed, remove spent flowers.  If a cold frame is available root some cuttings taken in early summer.