Fragrant Persian Stonecress
Aethionema schistosum

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

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Evergreen

Blue-Green

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boise, Idaho

Ogden, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 24, 2012, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

LOVE this charming little perennial!

Neutral

On Jan 28, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

Following are some germination details for this plant:

1)Sow at 20*C (68*F); if no germination in 3 - 4 wks, move to -4*C to +4*C (24*F - 39*F) for 2 - 4 wks.

2) One site says similar to above, except give the warm temperature 3 months, and the cold temperature 1 - 2 months.

3) In the 2nd edition of Norman C. Deno's book, Seed Germination Theory and Practice, Aethionema grandiflorum was researched, but Deno thinks that other species within this genus will follow similar patterns of germination.

He noted that seed dry-stored for 6 months at 70*F or 40*F germinated more quickly than fresh seed, and that sowing the seed at 40*F had a higher germination rate than sowing it at 70*F. Seed sowed at 40*F began ge... read more