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Care of the plant Aubrieta or Purple rock cress.

Care of the plant Aubrieta or Purple rock cress

The genus Aubrieta, family Brassicaceae, comprises 20 species of perennial plants native to Eurasia. Some species are: Aubrieta deltoidea, Aubrieta hybrida, Aubrieta libanotica, Aubrieta columnae.

Common names: Purple rock cress, Rainbow rock cress. This species is native southern Europe east to central Asia.

They are low-growing perennial herbaceous plants that reach 20 cm in height. The leaves are small, silvery gray in color and oval. The flowers form terminal clusters and can be blue, purple, or purple. They bloom in spring.

They are very rustic plants that adapt to all types of soil: sandy, alkaline or stony. They prefer a well-fertilized soil with coarse siliceous sand.

Aubrieta is grown in direct sun exposure but prefers half shade.

Water regularly but with little water. They resist drought not too long.

Fertilize with compost or manure in late winter and every 15 days in spring with mineral fertilizer.

They can be attacked by caterpillars that devour leaves.

They propagate by division, by stem cuttings or by seeds.

Images of the plant Aubrieta or Purple rock cress

Aubrieta deltoidea
Aubrieta deltoidea
Aubrieta hybrida
Aubrieta hybrida
 

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