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Aurinia saxatilis (Gold basket)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Aurinia saxatilis

Other names

Alyssum saxatile, Gold basket, Gold dust, Golden tuft, Rock madwort, Alyssum orientale

Genus

Aurinia Aurinia

Species

A. saxatilis - A. saxatilis is a compact, mound-forming, evergreen perennial with oblong to ovate, occasionally pinnate, toothed, hairy, grey-green leaves and, in spring, panicles of bright yellow flowers in late spring and early summer.


Aurinia saxatilis is: Evergreen

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green, Blue in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

General care

Pruning

Trim lightly after flowering to maintain compactness.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Aurinia saxatilis (Gold basket) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Suitable for rock garden or wall crevices.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Aurinia saxatilis

Other names

Alyssum saxatile, Gold basket, Gold dust, Golden tuft, Rock madwort, Alyssum orientale

Genus

Aurinia Aurinia

Species

A. saxatilis - A. saxatilis is a compact, mound-forming, evergreen perennial with oblong to ovate, occasionally pinnate, toothed, hairy, grey-green leaves and, in spring, panicles of bright yellow flowers in late spring and early summer.

Native to

Central Europe, Southeastern Europe

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Cushion or Mound Forming

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green, Blue in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids

General care

Pruning

Trim lightly after flowering to maintain compactness.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Aurinia saxatilis (Gold basket) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Rock

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun. Suitable for rock garden or wall crevices.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Aurinia saxatilis (Gold basket)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Aurinia saxatilis (Gold basket)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Aurinia saxatilis (Gold basket)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

The UK has a protected zone in place for this pest which helps to mitigate the risk of entry and establishment. An EFSA opinion is currently being discussed at the EU Annexes Working Group which recommends further strengthening of the regulation.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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