One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dwarf evergreen Eurasian trailing plant with dense masses of foliage and purple, pink, or white flowers. It is widely cultivated in rock gardens and on banks.
- ‘Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.’
- ‘The most commonly planted rockery flowers are aubretia and alyssum.’
- ‘The front garden is a seventies-style huge rockery smothered in aubretia which, at this time of year, is a riot of colour.’
- ‘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 French botanist Claude Aubriet, and the original spelling was aubrieta, which is the plant's genus name. In nontechnical use, however, the forms aubrietia and aubretia are now more usual
Early 19th century: modern Latin, named after Claude Aubriet (1668–1743), French botanist.
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