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Gold Dust

Aurinia saxatilis

Also known as

Gold Basket, Golden Tuft, Rock Madwort, Basket Of Gold, Golden-Tuft Alyssum, Golden-Tuft Madwort

Aurinia saxatilis 'Compacta' flowers by Averater (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

More images of Gold Dust

Aurinia saxatilis 'Compacta' flowers
Alyssum saxatile L 01HD

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