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AUBRIETA (MADLY™ BLUE VIOLET)

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Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

AUBRIETA( MADLY™ BLUE VIOLET, MADLY™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Madly™ Blue Violet Purple Rockcress, Purple Rockcress

Special Notice

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General Description

The richly hued Madly™ Blue Violet rockcress blooms with a lower amount of needed winter chill than others, and then a four- to six-week flowering display. It has a vigorous spreading to mound-forming habit and stays colorful with dense blooms in spring until temperatures get too warm. A second flowering season occurs again in early/mid- autumn. The glowing blue-purple flowers of this cultivar plays beautifully against the fuzzy gray-green mats of foliage.

Sunny locations with fertile, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil are best for growing the Madly™ purple rockcress hybrids. They should be watered regularly before and after blooming but can be allowed to get a little drier later in the season. These perennials do not divide easily and are best left alone to spread and flourish. Rockcress is short-lived in gardens with hot summers but thrives in areas with cool or moderate summers. Alternatively, in hot summer regions, grow rockcress as a winter annual. Propagate by seed or cuttings.

This true alpine looks best in sunny rock or alpine gardens, between stepping stones or cascading from chinks in stone walls. It looks great interplanted with short species tulips, pastel-coloring hybrid tulips or any color of pansies.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2"-5" / 5.1cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Bedding Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No