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Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety) (Aubretia (any variety))

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.1m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety)

Other names

Aubretia (any variety), Rock cress (any variety)

Genus

Aubrieta Aubrieta

Variety or Cultivar

A. x cultorum (any variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Aubrieta x cultorum (Aubretia), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

A. x cultorum (any variety) are compact, mat- or mound-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennials with small, ovate to oblong, hairy, sometimes toothed, mid- to grey-green leaves and, from mid-spring to early summer, short racemes of four-petalled, flowers in a variety of colours.


Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety) is: Evergreen

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming, Compact, Mat Forming

Flower

Red, White, Blue, Pink, Purple in Spring; White, Blue, Pink, Purple, Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Flea beetles Aphids , Flea beetles

White blister White blister

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to encourage dense, compact growth.

Propagation

Can be divided, but cuttings is a more successful means of propagation.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety) (Aubretia (any variety)) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, alkaline to neutral soil in full sun. Suitable for chalky slopes and in wall crevices. Till tolerate partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety)

Other names

Aubretia (any variety), Rock cress (any variety)

Genus

Aubrieta Aubrieta

Variety or Cultivar

A. x cultorum (any variety) _ If you don't know the variety name of your Aubrieta x cultorum (Aubretia), you can add this plant to your lists to get care advice.

A. x cultorum (any variety) are compact, mat- or mound-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennials with small, ovate to oblong, hairy, sometimes toothed, mid- to grey-green leaves and, from mid-spring to early summer, short racemes of four-petalled, flowers in a variety of colours.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming, Compact, Mat Forming


Colour

Flower

Red, White, Blue, Pink, Purple in Spring; White, Blue, Pink, Purple, Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Flea beetles

Specific diseases

White blister

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering to encourage dense, compact growth.

Propagation

Can be divided, but cuttings is a more successful means of propagation.

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety) (Aubretia (any variety)) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, City, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Garden edging, Gravel, Ground Cover, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, alkaline to neutral soil in full sun. Suitable for chalky slopes and in wall crevices. Till tolerate partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety) (Aubretia (any variety))

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety) (Aubretia (any variety))

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

The UK has a protected zone in place for this pest which helps to mitigate the risk of entry and establishment. An EFSA opinion is currently being discussed at the EU Annexes Working Group which recommends further strengthening of the regulation.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Aubrieta x cultorum (any variety) (Aubretia (any variety))

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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