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Aethionema schistosum (Fragrant Persian stone cress)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.25m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aethionema schistosum

Other names

Turkish stonecress, Fragrant Persian stone cress

Genus

Aethionema Aethionema

Species

A. schistosum - A. schistosum is a low, mound-foroming evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with small, linear, blue-green leaves and dense racemes of fragrant, pale pink flowers in spring.


Aethionema schistosum is: Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming

Flower

Pale-pink in Spring

Foliage

Blue-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Aethionema schistosum (Fragrant Persian stone cress) will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 0.4m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Garden edging, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Performs best in well-drained, alkaline soil. Grow in full sun. Tolerates poor, acid soil. Short-lived.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Aethionema schistosum

Other names

Turkish stonecress, Fragrant Persian stone cress

Genus

Aethionema Aethionema

Species

A. schistosum - A. schistosum is a low, mound-foroming evergreen or semi-evergreen perennial with small, linear, blue-green leaves and dense racemes of fragrant, pale pink flowers in spring.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Compact, Cushion or Mound Forming


Colour

Flower

Pale-pink in Spring

Foliage

Blue-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Deadhead after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aethionema schistosum (Fragrant Persian stone cress) will reach a height of 0.25m and a spread of 0.4m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Garden edging, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Performs best in well-drained, alkaline soil. Grow in full sun. Tolerates poor, acid soil. Short-lived.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Aethionema schistosum (Fragrant Persian stone cress)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Aethionema schistosum (Fragrant Persian stone cress)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Aethionema schistosum (Fragrant Persian stone cress)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

The UK has a protected zone in place for this pest which helps to mitigate the risk of entry and establishment. An EFSA opinion is currently being discussed at the EU Annexes Working Group which recommends further strengthening of the regulation.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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