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Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (Spreading rock cress 'Variegata')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Arabis procurrens 'Variegata'

Other names

Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi 'Variegata' , Spreading rock cress 'Variegata'

Genus

Arabis Arabis

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegata' _ 'Variegata' is a compact, mat-forming, semi-evergreen to evergreen perennial with narrowly ovate to lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves edged with cream, flushed pink in winter, and erect racemes of white flowers in spring.


Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' is: Evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Mat Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Flushed pink in Winter; Variegated, Dark-green, Cream in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Gall midges Aphids , Gall midges

Downy mildew , White blister Downy mildew , White blister

General care

Pruning

Remove any stems with leaves that revert to all green. Trim after flowering to maintain a compact habit.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (Spreading rock cress 'Variegata') will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Garden edging, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates poor, infertile soil and hot, dry conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, 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)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Arabis procurrens 'Variegata'

Other names

Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi 'Variegata' , Spreading rock cress 'Variegata'

Genus

Arabis Arabis

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegata' _ 'Variegata' is a compact, mat-forming, semi-evergreen to evergreen perennial with narrowly ovate to lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves edged with cream, flushed pink in winter, and erect racemes of white flowers in spring.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Erect flower stem, Mat Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Flushed pink in Winter; Variegated, Dark-green, Cream in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Gall midges

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , White blister

General care

Pruning

Remove any stems with leaves that revert to all green. Trim after flowering to maintain a compact habit.

Propagation methods

Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (Spreading rock cress 'Variegata') will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Garden edging, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates poor, infertile soil and hot, dry conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, 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 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (Spreading rock cress 'Variegata')

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

Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (Spreading rock cress 'Variegata')

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.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Arabis procurrens 'Variegata' (Spreading rock cress 'Variegata')

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.

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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taken in full flower 29 March 2017 in the crevice garden at Hockwold Hall

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