Herb: Aubretia

Latin name: Aubrietia deltoidea

Family: Cruciferae

Description of the plant:


15 cm
(6 inches)

to May

Habitat of Aubretia:

Amongst rocks, mainly in hilly areas.

Other uses of the herb:

A useful ground cover for a sunny position, it should be cut back after flowering to prevent it becoming straggly. It forms a carpet of growth.

Propagation of Aubretia:

Seed - surface sow in an outdoor seed bed in the spring. Light aids germination. The seed usually germinates in 2 - 3 weeks at 18C. When they are growing away well, plant them out into their permanent positions. Division after flowering. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well. Cuttings, June/July in a frame. Layering after flowering.

Cultivation of the herb:

Amongst rocks, mainly in hilly areas.

Medicinal use of Aubretia:

None known

Known hazards of Aubrietia deltoidea:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.