Friday, April 27, 2012

Alyssum saxatile - Rockcress images and description

Alyssum saxatile - Aurinia saxatilis, is a hardy, evergreen perennial, very popular for rock gardens, edging garden beds or as groundcover plant.
Basket of Gold and Golden dust are come of the common names of this plant.

It grows 15 - 20 cm in height and spreads out, creating a dense cover.
Alyssum saxatile blooms from April until May with tiny, golden yellow flowers covering completely the plant.
Alyssum saxatile-Basket Of Gold closeup photo
Alyssum saxatile plant-flowers and foliage

Growing Conditions:

  • full sun on open position is a must
  • soil has to be free draining, sandy and chalky
  • feeding is not necessary but a small amount of complete plant food in early spring could be beneficial.
  • propagation is from seeds sown in fall.
There are various cultivars producing white, cream and lemon flowers as well.

Combined with other spring flowering perennials like Purple Aubrieta cascade and Evergreen Candytuft, Golden dust creates a breathtaking spring display.

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