One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A low-growing herbaceous plant that typically bears white or pink flowers, frequently grown in rock gardens.
Genus Arabis, family Cruciferae
- ‘Both are but a few inches high, and are pretty planted in spreading patches about the drifts of snowy Arabis in bloom at the same time.’
- ‘Items stolen have included potentilla bushes, arabis and fuchsias.’
- ‘Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.’
Via medieval Latin from Greek, feminine of Araps, Arab- (see Arabic).
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