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Aurinia saxatilis - (L.)Desv.

Common Name Golden Alyssum, Basket of gold
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 4-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Stony places and amongst rocks[100].
Range E. Europe. A garden escape in Britain[17].
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Aurinia saxatilis Golden Alyssum, 	Basket of gold


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Summary

Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Mid spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Aurinia saxatilis is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen in July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies). The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Alyssum saxatile. L.

Habitats

 Ground Cover; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

A good ground cover plant for a sunny position[188, 197], forming a slowly spreading carpet of growth[208].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen. Succeeds in most soils[111]. Prefers a sunny position and a well-drained soil[1, 200]. Best when grown in a soil that is not too rich[200]. Drought tolerant once established[190], plants can be grown on dry-stone walls and also old brick walls[208, 219]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are several named varieties[190]. A good bee and butterfly plant[30]. Special Features: Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Fragrant flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - surface sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 2 weeks at 16c[133]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. The seed can also be sown outdoors, either in a seedbed or in situ. Division in March or October[111]. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well. Cuttings in early summer[1, 111].

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Conservation Status

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