Rock Cress (Rockcress, Arabis)

 Feed in Moderation
  • Common Name: Rock Cress (Rockcress, Arabis)
  • Latin Name: Arabis spp.
  • Family Name: Brassicaceae
Rock Cress is a member of the Brassica family and is fine to feed to your tortoise in moderation only, as it is high in goitrogens which can interfere with iodine uptake.

It has flowers in various shades of pink, purple and white, and several species look similar to Aubretia, which is also sometimes called Rock Cress (but the leaves of Rock Cress are longer and larger).

Although often seen as a garden plant, various species of Rock Cress can be found growing in the wild in the UK.

Please be aware that two or more goitrogenic plants should not be fed in conjunction with each other, and the sum total of goitrogenic foods should not exceed the guideline for a single plant of 'in moderation' (amber-green) or 'sparingly' (amber-red).  This will ensure that goitrogenic consumption stays within safe limits.
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