This charming evergreen perennial can be found on the Limestone Rock Garden.
A member of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae), Aethionema grandiflorum is an easy sub-shrubby species for a sunny, well-drained spot in the garden, where it will self-seed and spread. It occurs in eastern Turkey, northern Iran and the Caucasus, where it grows on stony slopes and alpine meadows between 1,000m and 2,350m altitude. The fragrant flowers are highly attractive to bees, and are borne on erect stems to 30cm. They are variable in colour, ranging from pale pink to rose pink, but contrasting well with the fine, linear, blue-green foliage.