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Aubrieta deltoidea
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Brassicales
Family: Brassicaceae
Genus: Aubrieta
Adans., 1763

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Aubrieta (often missspelt as Aubretia) is a genus of about 20 species[1] of flowering plants in the cabbage family Brassicaceae. The genus is named after Claude Aubriet, a French flower painter. It originates from southern Europe east to central Asia but is now a common garden escape throughout Europe. It is a low, spreading plant, hardy, evergreen and perennial, with small violet, pink or white flowers, and inhabits rocks and banks. It prefers light, well-drained soil, is tolerant of a wide pH range, and can grow in partial shade or full sun.[2]


+35 synonymous species


The following cultivars, of mixed or uncertain parentage, are recipients of the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-

  • 'Argenteovariegata' [4]
  • 'Aureovariegata'[5]
  • 'Doctor Mules'[6]
  • 'Red Cascade'[7]


  1. ^ Koch, Marcus A.; Karl, Robert; German, Dmitry A. (January 2017). "Underexplored biodiversity of Eastern Mediterranean biota: systematics and evolutionary history of the genus (Brassicaceae)". Annals of Botany. 119 (1): 39–57. doi:10.1093/aob/mcw204. PMC 5218375. PMID 27941091. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. ^ The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Dorling Kindersley Ltd., London, 1996, ISBN 0751304360 p.155
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u The Plant List
  4. ^ {{cite web | url = | title = Aubrieta 'Argenteovaariegata' | website = | publisher = Royal Horticultural Society | accessdate = 12 April 2020}
  5. ^ "Aubrieta 'Aureovariegata'". RHS. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Aubrieta 'Doctor Mules'". RHS. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Aubrieta 'Red Cascade'". RHS. Retrieved 12 April 2020.