Aurinia saxatilis. Height to 8-30cm (4-12″). Basket of Gold Alyssum seeds produce a low-growing evergreen perennial produces a profuse golden bloom from mid- to late spring. It is widely used in rock gardens and alpine beds, or cascading down rock walls. Butterflies, bees, and birds love the dainty wildflower clusters. After bloom, its attractive silvery foliage makes a wonderful ground cover. Provide good drainage in full sun. Named for its similarity to Alyssum, Basket of Gold is not a true Alyssum. Rather, it is a fairly tough and easy perennial plant that blooms from mid-spring to the beginning of summer. Hardy in Zones 4 to 10.
How to Grow Aurinia
An Evergreen perennial with the slightly misleading common name Basket of Gold Alyssum. Learn how to grow Aurinia from seed in these simple instructions. Remember that the common name Alyssum is a bit misleading. This Basket of Gold Alyssum is actually Aurinia saxatilis, and Snow Cloth Alyssum is actually Lobularia maritima. Alyssum describes the shape and size of the plants more than any true botanical details.
Exposure: Full sun
Indoors, start Aurinia seeds 8-10 weeks before planting out. Or direct sow in early spring or early autumn – March or September.
Sow seeds on the surface of the soil. Light is required to help the seeds break their dormancy. At 10-12°C (50-55°F) Aurinia seeds will take 5 to 14 days to sprout.
If transplanting from indoor starts, do so in early spring when the soil is still cool, but the threat of frost has passed. Or transplant out in early Autumn. Space plants around 30cm (12″) apart in full sun, in well-drained soil. Aurinia plants will become leggy in rich soil, so do not feed. Water plants in periods of very dry weather. Cut plants back hard after flowering to prevent self sowing.
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