Botanical Name: Aethionema grandiflorum
Species: A. grandiflorum
*Aethionema cordifolium Boiss.
*Aethionema levandowskyi Busch
*Aethionema pallidiflorum Hausskn. & Bornm. ex Bornm.
Common Names: Persian Candytuft, Persian stonecress
Persian Candytuft is native to the Middle East, Grows best in poor, dry alkaline soil but needs excellent drainage. Dislikes winter wet. Prune lightly after blooming to maintain a bushy habit. Although not a long-lived perennial, this will self-seed where happy. A terrific choice for sunny rock gardens and walls or alpine troughs. May need protection from browsing deer. May prove to be hardy in colder regions if snowcover is reliable.
Aethionema grandiflorum is a many-stemmed, short-lived perennial, typically forming 15 to 30 cm (at most 40 cm) tall spreading mounds. This is a low shrubby plant that forms a beautiful cushioned mound of soft blue-green needle-shaped leaves. Small clusters of light rose-pink blooms are produced over many weeks in late spring and early summer.
It has a self-supporting growth form. It has broad leaves. Persian Candytuft is a photoautotroph. Its foliage is evergreen, and it has up to 15 pink to lilac cruciform flowers borne on terminal racemes. It prefers alkaline soils.
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