Aubrietia: Aubrieta hybrids

The genus Aubrieta is a member of the Cruciferae family, an evergreen, cushion-forming perennial that grows in the wild from the Mediterranean to the Balkans as far as Asia Minor. In spring it produce dense clusters of flowers that may be in shades of blue or red, depending on the species and variety. Much loved by butterflies, aubretias are ideally suited to rock gardens, dry walls and in sunny places such as in containers on balconies and terraces where they will provide magnificent splashes of colour.

There are many varieties of A. deltoidea that are preferable to the species because of the wide range of colour. ‘Argenteo variegata’ has mid-green leaves with silvery variegation and pink flowers while ‘Blaumeise’ has blue flowers.

Aubretias grow best in sandy, limy soil in full sun. They can be raised from seed or propagated by division in spring. In summer and autumn they can also propagated from semi-ripe cuttings. Plants should be repotted as soon as you notice that they are flowering less prolifically.

01. June 2017 by admin
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