Aubrieta deltoidea (L.) D C.


Mat-forming spreading perennial to about 10 cm high. Leaves hairy with star-shaped and simple hairs, rhombic to obovate but with a narrow base (more or less kite-shaped). Stem leaves to 3 cm long, margins with 1-3 pointed teeth. Flowers to 2 cm wide, petals appearing deltoid, rose to purple, purplish blue or white, held above the foliage; mostly spring. Fruit to about 2 cm long with a persistent thin style to nearly 1 cm long.

Greece, Sicily, W Asia

The common name is generally spelled and pronounced with one more 'i' than the genus name.

Various cultivars have been named according to variations in the flower colour.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Brassicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Brassicales
family       Brassicaceae
genus        Aubrieta Adans.