|Aethionema oppositifolium ; photo by Todd Boland|
- Description and general information
- This species was formerly known as Eunomia oppositifolia and still occurs in some catalogues under that name. This stonecress is native from Turkey to Lebanon, growing on gritty, well-drained, limestone-based soil.
- Plants form a low mound about 7-10 cm in height. The rounded leaves are opposite and a distinct blue to grey-green. Typical of the Mustard family (Brassicaceae) the flowers consist of four petals. The pale purple-pink blooms are held in small clusters and are highly fragrant. In northern regions, they bloom from mid-April to mid-May but futher south they may bloom as early as March. Plants are hardy in zones 5-8.
- Full sun and a gritty, well-drained soil, preferably on the alkaline side, are preferred.
- Bloom period
- Generally April, but extends from March to May depending on your (northern) latitude.
- seed, division, cuttings
- Seeds require a stratification period for best germination results. OVRGS suggests 3 months at 4 C followed by 3 months 20 C.
- Large plants may be dug and divided after blooming, however, this is not practiced very often.
- Take 3-4 cm tip cuttings after blooming; pure sand as the rooting media works well or a 50-50 mix of sand and peat; keep lightly shaded during the rooting process.
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Created by Todd Boland.
Last Modification: Sunday 26 of December, 2010 14:57:25 CST by Todd Boland.
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