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Gold Dust

Aurinia saxatilis

Also known as

Basket of gold, Goldentuft madwort, Goldentuft alyssum

Alyssum saxatile L 01HD by DHochmayr (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Gold Dust Overview

Aurinia saxatilis is a low growing evergreen perennial that forms soft-looking, spreading clumps. From mid to late spring to early summer, it produces panicles of yellow flowers. The leaves are hairy with a silvery green colour and a simple oval shape. This plant is ideally suited to full sun and well-drained soil. It may be used as an edging plant, in a rock garden, in a container, or on backs and slopes.

Common problems with Gold Dust

Generally pest and disease free

How to harvest Gold Dust

Not generally harvested

How to propagate Gold Dust


Easily propagated by seed. Sow from February to April in 0.5cm deep in a seed tray, can be placed in a cold frame, unheated glasshouse or on a windowsill in a warm kitchen. Is prone to self-seeding.


Semi-ripe cuttings can be taken late summer to early autumn.

Special features of Gold Dust

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Gold Dust

Rock garden, border, edging.


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