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Aubrieta deltoidea

Aubrieta deltoidea
purple rock cress
'Whitewall Gem'

Common name purple rock cress
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers purple (spring)
Size 4", spreading
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-July

Two varieties have graced our garden through the years. Our first was Aubrieta deltoidea var. leichtlinii, which performed nicely with flowers starting in April - but disappeared after a few years. More recently, we've tried the cultivar 'Whitewall Gem'. To me, it's about the same, although some of the flowers tend to a more reddish purple shade, with a few subtle color variations on the same plant.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for leichtlinii from JLH '00 order. Sixpack at 70F (87%G, starting 5d)
  2. Same seed as above. Pot set outside March 22, lots of germination by April 20
  3. Seed for Whitewall Gem from '03 trade. Baggy 70F (80%G, 7-10d)
  4. Seed for WWG from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (80%G, 4-8d)
  5. Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (70%G, 7-10d)

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