Alyssum saxatile Alyssum Basket of Gold is a low-growing, mat-forming perennial flowering plant in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). It is native to rocky slopes and cliffs of southern Europe.
This plant is rich in the bunches of bright yellow flowers representing a basket of Gold. Top covering flowers depicts the sensational look of golden yellow blooms with the green foliage. These plants are ideal for rock gardens and pots holdings. Having sweet and decent fragrance, such flowers remain bloomed even in hot and dry summers. A good attraction for bees and butterflies but resilient to pests and diseases.
Alyssum Basket of Gold grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall and spreads up to 2 feet (60 cm) wide. The plant has narrow, gray-green leaves and produces a profusion of bright yellow, fragrant flowers in late spring to early summer. The flowers are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees and butterflies.
Alyssum Basket of Gold prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant and can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions. The plant is often used as a ground cover, in rock gardens, and in containers. It is also used in cut flower arrangements and as a medicinal herb, as the plant has been traditionally used to treat respiratory ailments and digestive disorders.
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Scientific Name: Alyssum Saxatile
Common Name: Basket of Gold, Gold Dust
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Asia and Europe
Full Growth Height: 4-12 inches
Width in Across: 10 inches
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Mid to Late Spring
Flower: Showy and Fragrant
Flower Color: Yellow, Light Golden
Tolerate: Drought Tolerant
Water Requirement: Very Low
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay
Zones: 3 to 9
Gardening Uses: Good for ground cover and a real stalwart in the rock garden