Commonly known as Persian Candytuft or Persian watercress, Aethionema is a genus of around 60 Brassicaceae (mustard) family species.
This Mediterranean region native is often kept as a garden plant and sometimes naturalized outside its natural range. Persian candytuft is magnificent Old-World watercress cultivated for its fragrant pink flowers.
The plant is a short-lived, multi-stemmed perennial that usually forms scattered mounds of 15 to 30 cm (maximum 40 cm) in height. Its leaves are evergreen and have about 15 pink to purple cross-shaped flowers in terminal clusters.
Typically, the Persian Candytuft flowers come out in late spring to early summer.