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Aurinia saxatilis 'Compactum'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aurinia (aw-RIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: saxatilis (saks-A-til-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Compactum

Synonym:Alyssum saxatile
Synonym:Alyssum saxatile var. compactum

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before 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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wakingdream On Mar 29, 2012, wakingdream from Allentown, PA wrote:

I found an "out-of-bloom" neglected specimen of Aurinia at a big box store in midsummer. I had one years ago and kept it too shaded, causing its death. I have wanted to replace it for a long time and was happy to come across this inauspicious pot. My new Basket of Gold is located in blistering afternoon sun, about 8 feet off the macadam street. I did not create any special soil conditions for it. Soil has a lot of clay. Large rocks are nearby. Bloom in zone 6 southeast PA occurs in April. Many insects are drawn to the bright yellow flowers. I saved the seeds, winter-sowed them in a milk jug and grew 8 healthy seedlings that are poised to bloom in their second year. I like Aurinia for the vivid yellow of the blossoms and the evergreen nature of the silvery foliage.

Positive RDT On Jan 22, 2005, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have enjoyed this plant even in the winter. It holds its silver coloring.
Although it does better in full sun I have mine on the North side of the house in partial shade. It performs well.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 21, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Basket of Gold makes a nice companion plant for tulips and other late spring bloomers. The tiny, bright yellow flowers are an important source of food for beneficial insects at a time when other flowers are scarce.


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

Dracut, Massachusetts
Pennellville, New York
Hilliard, Ohio
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Crossville, Tennessee
Bellingham, Washington
Clinton, Washington
Everett, Washington
Redmond, Washington

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