AETHIONEMA

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Pronunciation: (eth-ee-on-e-ma)
Family: Stonecress, BRASSICACEAE

Dainty members of the cress family, the 60-odd species of Acthionuna are found naturally from the Mediterranean area to as far east as Iran. In cooler climates, they are great rock garden favourites, producing masses of tiny flowers like pink candytuft in late spring.

They enjoy full sun with a cool root-run among stones which protect them equally from scorching summers and frosty winters. They like perfect drainage and a good but sandy soil, slightly on the alkaline side. Rarely growing more than 20cm/8in high, they will easily spread twice as wide.

The handsome, elongated leaves are evergreen and somewhat fleshy, and often of a distinctive greyish green. Grow from seed or summer cuttings.

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