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PlantFiles: Turkish Stonecress
Aethionema caespitosum

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aethionema (ee-thee-oh-NEE-muh) (Info)
Species: caespitosum (kess-pi-TOH-sum) (Info)

Synonym:Eunomia caespitosa
Synonym:Iberidella caespitosa

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

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Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral pajaritomt On Sep 13, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I first encountered this tiny plant in the wild and in bloom in Cappadocia, Turkey. It was one of the most common plants on these Anatolian plains and was in bloom in spring. I next encountered it at a local nursery in August, where it was also in bloom. It is very drought tolerant and generally no more than 3 inches tall.

Eventually this plant died, but I am not sure it was due to its inability to survive in 5a. It may have been due to issues in my garden.

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