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PlantFiles: Creeping Basket of Gold
Alyssum montanum 'Mountain Gold'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alyssum (al-ISS-um) (Info)
Species: montanum (MON-tah-num) (Info)
Cultivar: Mountain Gold
Additional cultivar information: (aka Berggold, Mountain Gold)

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral esteve59 On Aug 5, 2010, esteve59 from Annapolis, MD wrote:

I did not have success with this plant,,,seemed pretty fragile and sensative to me...

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jul 26, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Alyssum montanum is a short, spreading perennial with gray-green foliage that's absolutely covered with bright yellow flowers in spring. It tolerates drought and poor soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Silver Springs, Nevada
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Greer, South Carolina
Salt Lake City, Utah (3 reports)
Alderwood Manor, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Sundance, Wyoming

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