Arabis blepharophylla is a species of rock cress known by the common names coast rock cress and rose rock cress. It is endemic to California, growing mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area and nearby low-elevation California Coast Ranges.[1]


The plant is a perennial herb[2] that sends up thin, hairy stems from a basal rosette of fuzzy leaves. It bears small flowers with four bright purplish-pink petals.


It is uncommon in the wild but is often grown as an attractive, sweet-scented flowering garden plant. There are several cultivars bred for garden use. The cultivar 'Frühlingszauber' has received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3]

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  1. ^ Rix, Alison (2012-03-30). "JOSEPH HOOKER AND CURTIS'S BOTANICAL MAGAZINE". Curtis's Botanical Magazine. 29 (1): 86–104. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8748.2012.01773.x. ISSN 1355-4905.
  2. ^ "Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - The University of Texas at Austin". Retrieved 2021-12-20.
  3. ^ "Arabis blepharophylla 'Frühlingszauber'". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 12 April 2020.

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