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PlantFiles: Rock Cress, Aubretia
Aubrieta 'Aureovariegata'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aubrieta (aw-bree-EH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureovariegata

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa On Mar 13, 2004, Baa wrote:

A golden variegated cultivar. You may find this sometimes listed under A. deltoidea or x cultorum, the truth is many of the cultivars of Aubretia are of complex parentage.

Has small, hairy, ovate leaves which are irregularly margined in a bright yellow. Bears rosy/lavender coloured flowers in abundance!

Flowers April to June

Needs a very well drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. They excel at being a wall plant as they trail neatly, covering quite a large area, sometimes up to 2 ft across. In areas where the winter is wet, they enjoy a little shelter from the rain.

To keep them growing well, trim them back right after flowering, they will remain full of leaves and less straggly.

They don't come true from seed although you might like to sow some anyway to see what pops up. The best propagation method is cuttings, root them in damp sand before potting up.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Portland, Oregon

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