Aubrieta Blaumeise description
A beautiful mass of bright blue flowers in spring.
A very compact variety.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the front of a border, a bank, cascading over a wall. alpine bed, rockery, by a patio or in a tub, but what used to be an easy plant has now become a bit more difficult due to it’s leaf problems (see ‘Care and Maintenance’ below).
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Common name: Blaumeise False Rockcress.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a smallish space at the front of a plant bed.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil, also tolerates chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
The foliage is not so floppy as many other varieties of Aubrieta, but it still does benefit from a very hard trim in the summer.
Attractive to Cabbage White Butterfly caterpillars that damage a lot of leaves.
Not so prone to Downy Mildew as other Aubrieta, but if it gets a lot of yellow leaves then cut back.
Also can get White Blister – cut out infected stems.
Size of plant:
Height 15 cm.
Spread 40 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 5 plants per square metre.