Aubrieta is a genus of about 20 species of flowering plants in the cabbage family Brassicaceae. It originates from southern Europe east to central Asia but is now a common garden escape throughout Europe.
Aubrieta is a low, spreading plant, hardy, evergreen and perennial, with small violet, pink or white flowers, and inhabits rocks and banks. Plants have a very small footprint, and can establish a deep root system in the soil behind a retaining wall, while foliage and flowers can spread up to 18 inches or more wide, giving the appearance of a living wall. Aubrieta plants also provide good erosion control on hillsides, and attract butterflies with their prolific spring flowers. The genus is named after Claude Aubriet, a French flower painter.