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A dwarf evergreen Eurasian trailing plant with dense masses of foliage and purple, pink, or white flowers, widely cultivated in rock gardens.
- ‘The front garden is a seventies-style huge rockery smothered in aubretia which, at this time of year, is a riot of colour.’
- ‘Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.’
- ‘The most commonly planted rockery flowers are aubretia and alyssum.’
- ‘Creeping phlox, thyme and aubrietia grow between terrace stones, in typical English fashion, next to a creeping bent lawn.’
- ‘The wonderful aubrietia produces delicate simple flowers which look fantastic as ground cover on a sunny bank or cascading over a wall.’
Aubretia is named after a French botanist called Claude Aubriet, and the original spelling was aubrieta, which is the plant's genus name. In non-technical use, however, the forms aubretia and aubrietia are now more usual
Early 19th century: modern Latin, named after Claude Aubriet (1668–1743), French botanist.
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