Crambe-cordifolia 3A native of the Caucasus, this herbaceous perennial is a member of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), along with radish, broccoli, and cabbage. It forms broad mounds of cabbage-like wrinkled, heart-shaped leaves that are fleshy and usually deeply lobed. In late spring or early summer, sturdy branched stems arise carrying large clouds of small, white, flowers with four petals and sweet fragrance. This large baby’s breath-like cloud of flowers stands high over the leaf mound and lasts about three weeks. Self seeds but may be short-lived; does not transplant well.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Masses of small white fragrant four-petaled flowers on widely branched stems in late spring or early summer

Size: 4-10′ H x 3-6′ W

Light: Full sun; tolerates some shade

Soil: Fertile, medium-moist, well-drained, slightly alkaline;. tolerates lean soil

Care: Cut to the ground in autumn; stake in spring if necessary

Hardiness: Zones 5-8

Pests and Diseases: Caterpillars, slugs, flea beetles, club root

Propagation: Seed sown immediatey after ripening; 4-6″ long root cuttings in winter, division spring

Companion Plants:Roses, lililes, lupines

By Karen