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Arabis ferdinandi-coburgi 'Old Gold' (v)

rock cress 'Old Gold'

'Old Gold' is a compact, mat-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen, variegated perennial to 10cm tall with rosettes of narrowly oblong, dark green leaves with bright yellow margins and racemes of white flowers in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Grey Silver Green
Summer Grey Silver Green
Autumn Grey Silver Green
Winter Grey Silver Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Brassicaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen or Semi evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Arabis can be annuals or evergreen perennials, usually mat-forming, with simple leaves and racemes of 4-petalled white, pink or purple flowers.

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Will tolerate hot, dry conditions and poor, infertile soils

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by softwood cuttings, or by division in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
Pruning

Trim back after flowering to maintain compactness

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, gall midge and flea beetles

Diseases

May be infected by a downy mildew and white blister

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