Arabis caucasica

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Arabis caucasica
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Scientific classification
A. caucasica
Binomial name
Arabis caucasica

Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica

Arabis caucasica is a species of flowering plant in the mustard family (Brassicaceae) known by the common names garden arabis,[2] mountain rock cress or Caucasian rockcress. It is native to south eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. It is also present in the Madeira Archipelago.


This is an evergreen perennial herb growing to 0.2 m (0 ft 8in) by 1 m (3 ft 3in), flowering in early spring, with white hermaphrodite flowers, pollinated by bees.


Hardiness to zones 4-9 and is not frost tender. A popular ornamental garden plant for its early flowers, cultivars include the pink Compinkie. Under its synonym (A. alpina subsp. caucasica), the 'Flore Pleno' cultivar has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]


  1. ^ Enum. Pl. Suppl. 45. 1813.
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Arabis alpina subsp. caucasica 'Flore Pleno'". Retrieved 29 May 2013.

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