In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Hutchinsia plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
Hutchinsia plants are small hardy perennials.
They are an alpine plant, and are therefore great for use in rock gardens.
They carry tiny white flowers atop green lobed foliage.
Hutchinsia alpina (Chamois Cress) by Bárbol.
It is best to grow Hutchinsia plants outside in the garden from the off.
The seeds should be planted at a depth of about 6 mm (1/4 inch) and spaced about 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) apart.
Hutchinsia should be grown in an area of the garden that is partly shaded and has good drainage.
Ideally the soil should be of pH 6 to 7.5, moist and cool.
Once growing it is necessary to water Hutchinsia regularly during the drier months. Suply with mulch to help keep the roots cool.
As Hutchinsia have short lives, they should be regularly divided in the spring, or cuttings took in the summer to produce more plants.
The Hutchinsia genus includes just a few species. The most well-known is Hutchinsia alpina, commonly known as Alpine Rock-Cress.
Hutchinsia alpina can make a lovely addition to rock gardens or alpine plantings due to its small size, cushion-like growth habit, and delicate white flowers.
Hutchinsia alpina is the most commonly grown species in this genus due to its attractive, compact growth and white, spring flowers.
Hutchinsia species are not known for their fragrance.
Hutchinsia alpina prefers a sunny to partially shaded spot with well-drained, gritty soil, typical of alpine conditions.
Currently, Hutchinsia is not considered invasive in the USA.
To remove Hutchinsia, carefully dig around their root systems using a shovel, gently lift them out, and dispose of the plants and roots properly.
The Hutchinsia genus belongs to the Brassicaceae family, also known as the mustard family. These small, herbaceous plants, found in Europe and Asia, are recognized for their white or pink blooms.
Hutchinsia is suitable for full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. Regular watering is necessary for optimal growth. Propagation is typically by seeds, sown in spring or fall.