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ORNAMENTAL PLANTS OF HORTICULTURE VALUE

Selection of perennials

Aethionema R. Br.
Stonecress
Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)

Thirty to 40 species mostly in the Mediterranean, 13 are native to the FSU, and some (e.g. A. armenum Boiss. and A. grandiflorum Boiss. et Hohen.) are well known worldwide in gardening. The tallest species is A. edentulum N. Busch, unknown in cultivation.

A. edentulum N. Busch

Transcaucasus (southern regions) and northern Iran. Dry rocky places and slopes.

Subshrub to 35-45 cm, with many erect, unbranched stems. Leaves elongate-linear, 1.5-2.5 cm x 0.2-0.3 cm. Flowers large, pink, in rounded racemes. Evergreen in many regions, new growth from early spring. Fl - mid-spring to mid-summer. Fr - a month later. P - by seed and cuttings. Requires a sunny site. Well suited for group

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