|'Whitewall Gem' |
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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|Susan Shurin||Apr 17, 2009||I saw a spectacular bed of purple rock cress (Aubrieta deltoidea) in a botanical garden in Geneva, and have a great location for it. The deer are very active, however, and eat even things they should avoid. How attractive is this plant to deer? Thanks a lot.|
Susan - I have no problem with deer (knock on wood), so I don't know first-hand. However, with aubrieta being in the generally edible cabbage family, I would not be surprised if deer browsed them...
|Friendly||Mar 17, 2012||I live in a suburban neighborhood on Vancouver Island overrun with black-tailed deer. Aubrieta (rock cress) is one of the few flowers you still see in abundance here; the deer DON'T seem to eat them (and, like your deer, these are very active and eat a lot of things that they supposedly shouldn't like). I pair mine with daffodils and white hyacinths because the deer dislike those, too. Makes for a very pretty spring combination :)|
|Linda in Oak Harbor, WA||Mar 23, 2013||So glad for your comments as I just bought this aubrieta last week at Costco. So beautiful, but I hesitated to put this outside the fencing since watching my crocus nibbled to the ground by a mom and baby deer.|
|Linda||Apr 10, 2014||Are rock cress and aubrieta the same plant? I need a ground cover for a partial shade garden and a full sun(all day) garden. |
Rock cress is a common name for aubrieta. With common names you're never quite sure what species they refer to.
- Seed for leichtlinii from JLH '00 order. Sixpack at 70F (87%G, starting 5d)
- Same seed as above. Pot set outside March 22, lots of germination by April 20
- Seed for Whitewall Gem from '03 trade. Baggy 70F (80%G, 7-10d)
- Seed for WWG from '06 garden. Baggy 70F (80%G, 4-8d)
- Same seed as above. Baggy 65F (70%G, 7-10d)
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common mis-spellings: Aubretia, aubrietia
February 10, 2010