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Aurinia saxatilis

Aurinia saxatilis, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Brassicales
Familia: Brassicaceae
Genus: Aurinia
Species: Aurinia saxatilis


Aurinia saxatilis, Photo: nps.gov

Aurinia saxatilis, (L.) Desv.


USDA, NRCS. 2006. The PLANTS Database, 6 March 2006 (http://plants.usda.gov). Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

Vernacular names
English: basket of gold


Aurinia saxatilis (Basket of Gold,[1] Goldentuft alyssum, Golden Alyssum,[2] Gold-dust, Golden-tuft alyssum, Golden-tuft madwort, Rock madwort;[3] syn. Alyssum saxatile L., Alyssum saxatile L. var. compactum Hort.[1]) is an ornamental plant[4][5] native to Asia and Europe.[3]

This is a little, rounded, evergreen perennial that can grow from 4 to 12in high, performing a mound up to 16-20in across. the plants flowers are clear yellow, but the various cultivars produce flowers in white, cream, lemon or reach gold. Since its natural habitat is rocky, mountainous country, it is ideal for a rock garden, for dry, sloping ground, or for edging garden beds, provided the drainage is excellent. It is also ideally suited for troughs and the edges of large pots, perhaps containing a shrub. Although golden dust is a perennial, some gardeners grow is as part of an annual spring display.


Aspects: Needs an open position in full sunlight

Site: Soil must contain plenty of chalk, sand or grit, and be free draining but not rich.

Growing methods


Grows readily from seed sown in the fall. Cultivars can be grown from tip cuttings taken in late spring and early summer. Space the plants about 4in apart, giving them plenty of growing room. Aurinia is sold among the alpines at garden centers.


Small amounts only of complete plat food may be given in early spring as a boost, but feeding is not essential.


No specific problems are known besides poor drainage. Over watering pot-grown specimens can quickly rot and can kill the plants



Flowers appear from mid-to late spring, the flowers completely covering the plant and hiding the foliage.


The flower are not suitable for picking.

After Flowering


It is probably easier to shear radically over the whole plant with clippers, unless you are waiting for the seeds to ripen. Shearing the plant also helps to keep a compact, neatly rounded shape.


1. ^ a b Aurinia saxatilis at USDA Plants Database Profile
2. ^ Aurinia saxatilis at Plants For A Future
3. ^ a b Aurinia saxatilis at Germplasm Resources Information Network
4. ^ Bailey, L. H. (2005). Manual of Gardening (Second Edition). Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
5. ^ Wood, John (2006). Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flower. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.

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