Rock Cress (Arabis hybrida)

Rock Cress Plant Features

Rock cress, often called arabis, is an easy-to-grow groundcover that erupts in a stunning display of pink, purple, blue, or white flowers in the early spring. In fact, when the plant is in full bloom, it's so packed with color you can barely see the foliage. Rock cress grows just 6 inches tall making it an ideal choice for rock gardens, walls, or pathway edges. Because it's an early bloomer it makes a good companion for spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils. Butterflies will also appreciate an early-season feast from the nectar-rich rock cress blooms. A sun lover, rock cress is also drought resistant and thrives in hot, dry situations. Deer generally won't eat rock cress. Hardy from zones 4-9
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Rock Cress Growing Instructions

Rock cress thrives in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Although rock cress is drought resistant, it does enjoy a drink when the soil gets dry. Just avoid planting rock cress where it water sits between rains. This little charmer will sulk in wet soil. Shear the plants back by a third after the flowers fade. 

Rock cress is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors





  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Deer/rabbit resistant


Complement your Rock Cress

Phlox, Creeping
Creeping phlox and Rock Cress can both be tucked between stepping stones.

The white flowers of Candytuft pair well with Rock Cress.

Thyme and Rock Cress are about the same height and thrive in nooks and crannies.

Our favorite varieties

Red Sensation Rock Cress

Red Sensation Rock Cress

Arabis 'Red Sensation'

Brighten rock or wall gardens with the bright red flowers of ‘Red Sensation’ rock cress. Blooming in the spring this groundhugger grows 6 inches tall.

Rose Delight Rock Cress

Rose Delight Rock Cress

Arabis 'Rose Delight'

Vigorous and extra hardy, ‘Rose Delight’ rock cress bursts into bloom in the early spring, producing vibrant clusters of rose-purple blooms.