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Alyssum 'Gold Ball'

Aurinia saxatilis f. compactum 'Gold Ball'

Also known as

Alyssum 'Gold Basket', Golden Tuft, Rock Madwort

Aurinia saxatilis J2 by Jamain (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Alyssum 'Gold Ball' Overview

Aurinia saxatilis f. compactum 'Gold Ball' is a low growing, evergreen, perennial cultivar from the Brassicaceae family. It forms soft-looking clumps of hairy leaves with a silvery green colour and a simple oval shape. From mid to late spring to early summer, it produces panicles of yellow flowers. This plant is ideally suited to full sun and well-drained soil. It can be used as an edging plant, in a rock garden, in a container, or on backs and slopes.

Common problems with Alyssum 'Gold Ball'

How to harvest Alyssum 'Gold Ball'

Not generally harvested

How to propagate Alyssum 'Gold Ball'


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 Alyssum 'Gold Ball'

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers