AURINIA saxatilis
(ALYSSUM saxatile)

Gold Dust



Height: 8" (20cm)
Flowering Time: Spring-Summer
Flower Colour: Yellow

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Dilleniiidae (Dillenia Superorder)
Order: Capparales (Caper Order)
Family: Brassicaceae (Cabbage Family)
(formerly Cruciferae)
Genus: Aurinia (formerly Alyssum) (Alyssum)
Species: saxatilis (of rocky places)
Aurinia saxatilis

Aurinia saxatilis is probably better known by its former name, Alyssum saxatile. It is a popular plant for the rockery or front of border, growing to about 8", with evergreen, grey felted leaves, and is covered in yellow flowers in spring and early summer.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Deno (3 days)
Outside (12 days)

Seed Pod Each small flower produces a seedpod and the flower stem grows longer as they ripen.
Each seedpod is round, light brown and papery, with two sides divided by a thin papery membrane.

Seed The seeds are small yellow discs. There are two seeds in each pod.

Seedling The seedling has greyish pointed leaves, and quickly forms a small rosette.

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