Definition of stone cress in US English:

stone cress


  • Any of several low-growing plants which grow on stony ground; especially (in early use) †the rock cress Arabidopsis petraea (obsolete), and (in later use) any plant of the Mediterranean genus Aethionema (family Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)), commonly cultivated in rock gardens.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist.