Rock Cress, Aubretia 'Leichtlinii'
Aubrieta deltoidea

Aubrieta hybrida 'Leichtlinii' commonly known as Rock Cress, is a classic variety of this extremely popular and indispensable rock garden plant. A familiar sight in the spring garden, this vigorous variety forms a low cushion of evergreen grey-green leaves and freely produces wonderful deep-carmine flowers.  Sold in quart containers.

'Leichtlinii' has a ground-hugging habit of growth that is smothered by flowers for several months. It grows to only 10 to 15cm (4 to 6in) tall at maturity, but with a spread of around 45cm (18in) it makes a lively edging to a sunny border.


A perennial favourite, Aubrieta has long been treasured for its delightful spring show of brightly coloured flowers. This dense herbaceous evergreen perennial is low maintenance and easy to grow.

Hardy to -23°C (-10°F), the plant does best in full sun to partial shade and needs an average water supply throughout the season. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for well-drained alkaline soils and is tolerant of urban pollution. Flowering April to May it only needs an annual prune each season after flowering to encourage a thick mounding habit.

Commonly called ‘Rock Cress’, Aubrieta is a traditional favourite rock garden plant. Lovely spilling out of crevices, growing over rock walls or placed in stonewalls, they can be also be used in alpine troughs and containers. The plants take light foot traffic and can be used in paving or walkways with other ground hugging plants.

Aubrieta is also effective when used as a flowering groundcover at the front of the border or tucked in amongst other plants. It can be used for mass plantings, they create a wonderful foil for spring bulbs and is useful for slopes and harder to reach areas.


Category: Alpines and Rock Gardens / Perennials

Water Requirements: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage: Herbaceous

Foliage Color: Unknown - Tell us

Height: 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Bloom Color: Rose/Mauve / Medium Blue /Lavender
Bloom Characteristics: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Rock Cress, Aubretia 'Leichtlinii'

$6.50 Regular Price
$5.00Sale Price