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ARABIS blepharophylla 'Red Sensation'

Image of Arabis blepharophylla 'Red Sensation' ('('rote Sensation')')

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Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

ARABIS blepharophylla 'Red Sensation' ('('('rote Sensation')')')

Plant Common Name

Rose Rockcress, Rote Sensation Rockcress

General Description

This small rockcress, ‘Red Sensation,’ is a bright-flowering selection of a California native. It is a mat-forming, evergreen perennial with oval, deep green leaves arranged in ground-hugging rosettes. Bright clusters of tiny, four-petalled, magenta-fuchsia flowers are borne on short stems from late spring into summer. These are sweetly scented and long-lasting, attracting butterflies.

Grow 'Red Sensation' in full sun and gritty, well-drained soil. If the soil remains wet in winter, this plant may suffer from root rot. Though adapted to full sun, it does not appreciate extreme high heat and should be given partial shade in hot summer areas. For best growth and flowering, keep the soil moist when the plant is growing actively. Rose rockcress is deer resistant. It is also tough if given the right growing environment. Cut the old flower stems back after flowering to keep the plant neat, and use this brightly colored perennial in rock gardens and for edging a border or bed.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    North America, United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Magenta, Fuchsia

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes