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Aubrieta Deltoidea – Rock Cress

by Jessica Fox

Rock cress, formerly known as Aubrieta deltoidea, is a delicate perennial that prefers moist soil. Rock cress blooms in the springtime with beautiful clusters of small purple flowers that are sure to brighten up your garden. This beautiful plant also has a delicate flavor which makes it perfect for salads and sandwiches.

Rock cress is best grown in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. It is important not to overwater rock cress because the roots are sensitive to this kind of moisture. Rock cress can also be propagated by dividing it or by transplanting it in the fall when its leaves have wilted.

Rock cress is a low-maintenance plant that will provide you with beauty and taste throughout the year!

Rock Cress’s History

Rock cress is a very popular annual for its beautiful purple flowers. It grows best in full sunlight and does well in most soils, but it does not tolerate standing water. Rock cress blooms from March through June with yellow-green leaves that resemble celery. It can easily be propagated by division or by dividing the root stock.

The plant has a long history of being used as a culinary and medicinal herb. The plants are sometimes referred to as rock cress because of their resemblance to the cabbage family, Cucurbitaceae . There are numerous legends about how this plant was once used to treat cancer, stomach ailments and heart disease, among other conditions. A high dose of leaf extract taken orally would have been useful in treating these maladies; however, there is no scientific evidence to support this practice. There are several species of this plant that grow around North America; however, most tend to look different than the one pictured here so keep an eye out for the seedlings you want!

How to Grow and Care for Rock Cress

Rock cress is a perennial plant that will live for several years. It can grow up to 3 feet tall so it’s important not to cut it any higher than this because the soil will dry out and die.

To grow rock cress, you must keep the soil moist but not soggy by using a tiller or hose to keep the soil moist at all times. This will encourage your plant to stay healthy and continue producing beautiful flowers year after year.

When planting rock cress, divide your roots instead of cutting back your plants. If you do cut them back, use a sharp knife or scissors so that you don’t damage their shoots.

If left like this too long, the roots may rot and die from the lack of moisture in the soil. You want to replace rock cress with new plants once every two years for best results.

Rock Cress in the Garden

Rock cress is a low-maintenance plant that will provide you with beauty and taste throughout the year!

Rock cress is a must have for your landscape. It’s perfect for planting in containers as well as large beds in the garden. It’s not only beautiful, it’s also healthy, nutritious and easy to grow. If you want to learn more about growing rock cress, check out our beginner guide!

Rock Cress in the Kitchen

Rock Cress is a beautiful addition to soups, sauces and dressings. It is a perfect choice for adding flavor and texture to dishes. Rock cress can be added to salads, sandwiches or rice dishes.

Rock Cress can also be served as a side dish or garnish. It can be used in place of lettuce or spinach in many dishes because it does not have the strong taste of these leafy greens. Some people find that rock cress is a little too crunchy and hard for some meals but other people love it! You should try it out for yourself!

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