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any trailing purple-flowered plant of the genus Aubrieta, native to European mountains but widely planted in rock gardens: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)



(also Aubrietia), a genus of low perennial herbaceous plants of the family Cruciferae. The plants generally form dense mats. The flowers are in few-flowered racemes. The two inner sepals are sac like, and the petals are violet, purple, lilac, or white. The fruits are short pods or, less frequently, silicles. There are about 12 species of Aubrieta, distributed eastward from the mountains of the Mediterranean region to Iran. The best-known species is Aubrieta deltoidea, which is found on the Balkan Peninsula and in Asia Minor. The plants are popular ornamentals in rock gardens and borders; they flower abundantly in the spring. Garden forms and varieties are mainly under cultivation; they are united under the name A. X cultorum.

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Aubrieta, which can also be found in shades of pink and white, prefers full sun and soil which isn't too rich, preferably alkaline, and needs to be trimmed hard with shears immediately after flowering to develop its blanket of tight foliage for next year.
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Rock plants such as aubrieta, phlox, thyme and helianthemum can be increased by cuttings now.
To keep basket-of-gold, candytuft, common aubrieta, moss pink, rockcress, and other low-growing, spring-blooming perennials full and compact, remove spent blooms and 1 or 2 inches of growth.
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Take cuttings of rock plants such as aubrieta, alyssum, phlox, thyme and dianthus.
Cut back alyssum and aubrieta in the rock garden after flowering.
A DRY stone wall, especially if it's northfacing, will not only provide nooks and crannies for insects, amphibians and small mammals to nest, overwinter and hide but it's the perfect home for displaying groundhugging rockery plants like lewisia, aubrieta, saxifrage and sempervivum.
Early flowers are great for butterflies just emerging from hibernation, such as aubrieta, bluebell, clover, forget-me-not, pansy, primrose and wallflower.
Early flowers are great for butterflies just emerging from hiber nation, such as aubrieta, bluebell, clover, forgetme-not, pansy, primrose and wallflower.
They happily cascade over walls and make a change from aubrieta.
Good perennial choices include basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis), common aubrieta, creeping basket-of-gold (Alyssum montanurn), English primrose (P.