(Aubrieta deltoidea var. ‘Purple’)
Purple Rock Cress is a mat forming perennial flower that is native to the Mediterranean region but can be found growing on hills and slopes throughout California. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 4-9” and features a low-growing mat of downy green foliage, covered by four-petaled ½-1” flowers of bright pinkish purple. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Variety: Purple Rock Cress
Also Known As: Lilacbush, Rock Cress
Native to: East Aegean Is., Greece, Kriti, Sicilia, Turkey.
Introduced into: Belgium, California, Czechoslovakia, France, Great Britain, Spain, Switzerland.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): Spring-Early Summer
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. It attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and resists deer.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Zone: 4a-9b
Produces: a low-growing mat of downy green foliage, covered by four-petaled ½-1” flowers of bright pinkish purple.