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Rock Cress in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Aubrieta

 

Rock Cress

Forming low cushions of grey-green foliage, smothered in pink, purple or blue flowers throughout spring, these hardy evergreen perennials are popular and well suited for growing in rockeries, in cracks between paving slabs or in walls. All varieties prefer free draining, preferably limey soil in full sun or partial shade.

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plant Features
  • Rock Cress likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Rock Cress likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Rock Cress is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Rock Cress likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Rock Cress

Latin name

Aubrieta

type

Hardy Perennial

family

Brassicaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Rock Cress likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Rock Cress is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Rock Cress likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Rock Cress likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Rock Cress is 0.60meters x 0.15meters 0.60 M 0.15 M

Aubrieta

Forming low cushions of grey-green foliage, smothered in pink, purple or blue flowers throughout spring, these hardy evergreen perennials are popular and well suited for growing in rockeries, in cracks between paving slabs or in walls. All varieties prefer free draining, preferably limey soil in full sun or partial shade.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Plant aubretia in free draining, preferably limy soil, in full sun or partial shade. They can be planted in cracks or crevices in walls and paving but not where they can be walked on. Pot up plug plants into 9cm pots and grow aubretia on in frost free conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When plants are well grown, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Autumn

Sow seed in early spring or, take semi-ripe cuttings of named cultivars in summer or autumn, or divide plants in late summer or early autumn. Move self sown seedlings and replant in autumn.

 
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