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Arabis blepharophylla

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About Coast Rock Cress (Arabis blepharophylla) Arabis blepharophylla is a species of rock cress known by the common names coast rock cress and rose rock cress. It is endemic to California, growing mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area and nearby low-elevation coast ranges. It is uncommon in the wild but is often grown as an attractive, sweet-scented flowering garden plant. The plant sends up thin, hairy stems from a basal rosette of fuzzy leaves. It bears small flowers with four bright purplish-pink petals. There are several cultivars bred for garden use. Often short lived in gardens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status
Natural Setting
Part Shade

Elevation ?
-10' - 3253'

Annual Precip. ?
21.8" - 59.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.20" - 0.82"

Coldest Month ?
45.2° F - 51.1° F

Hottest Month ?
57.8° F - 72.1° F

Humidity ?
0.45 vpd - 17.73 vpd

Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Rose Rock Cress, Rose Rockcress

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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