Whitewell Gem Rock Cress
Aubrieta deltoidea 'Whitewell Gem'
Whitewell Gem Rock Cress flowers
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Height: 6 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: False Rock Cress
Low growing and spreading, this variety produces stunning purple cup shaped flowers that cascade from rock walls and containers during the spring season; round, grey-green foliage creates beautiful ground cover or borders; prune after flowering
Whitewell Gem Rock Cress is smothered in stunning purple cup-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid to late spring. Its small tomentose round leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Whitewell Gem Rock Cress is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Whitewell Gem Rock Cress is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Whitewell Gem Rock Cress will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Whitewell Gem Rock Cress is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.
This plant is not reliably hardy in our region, and certain restrictions may apply; contact the store for more information.