Definition of aubretia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɔːˈbriːʃə/
(also aubrietia)


A dwarf evergreen Eurasian trailing plant with dense masses of foliage and purple, pink, or white flowers, widely cultivated in rock gardens.
  • Aubrieta deltoidea, family Cruciferae.
Example sentences
  • The most commonly planted rockery flowers are aubretia and alyssum.
  • Clip back aubretias, arabis and perennial candytufts when they have finished flowering.
  • Creeping phlox, thyme and aubrietia grow between terrace stones, in typical English fashion, next to a creeping bent lawn.


Aubretia is named after a French botanist called Claude Aubriet, and the original spelling was aubrieta, which is the plant’s genus name. In non-technical use, however, the forms aubretia and aubrietia are now more usual.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, named after Claude Aubriet (1668–1743), French botanist.

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