Arabis is a simply beautiful herbaceous plant that blooms for a long time in spring, thus offering delicate white flowers.
Arabis facts, a summary
Name – Arabis alpina
Family – Brassicaceaa or Cruciferae
Type – perennial
Height – 12 inches (30 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – light, well-drained
Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – April to June
Caring for it is easy and the ornamental properties of this plant make it perfect as ground cover, for rock ground or along edges.
Planting and sowing arabis
Arabis loves well drained soil types and grows very well in sandy soil.
It likes very sunny spots but tolerates light shade.
How to plant an arabis
Planting arabis is best done either in spring or fall.
Remember to water regularly at the beginning if you’re planting in spring and even more so in summer.
- Propagate by transferring young plants that appear along the runners.
The sowing of Arabis is best performed in spring.
Sow in a sheltered place while avoiding direct sun.
Caring for arabis
Remove wilted flowers regularly if you wish but this step isn’t really necessary.
Since the foliage is evergreen, it isn’t very useful to cut it back after the blooming.
All there is to know about the arabis
The name “Arabis” was coined by the botanist Carl Von Linne. He saw the match between the desert sand of Arabia and the sand in which this plant thrived so well.
This plant will be particularly appealing along the edges of a flower bed, in a garden box, and also in rocky ground and atop a dirt mound.
Just like iberis, it is sometimes called “silver basket” for its abundant white blooming.
Smart tip about arabis
If you pick a cluster of flowers and rest it in a glass of water, it will hold for up to a week.
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Large arabis shrub by Col & Tasha Ford & de Vere ☆ under © CC BY 2.0
Young arabis clump by Andrey Zharkikh ★ under © CC BY 2.0
Arabis cut flower vase by Carl F. Bagge ★ under © CC BY 2.0