Growing Basket of Gold Alyssum Flower Garden Seeds
- Taxonomy: Aurinia saxatilis
- Other Names: Golden Alyssum, Yellow Alyssum, Golden Alison, Golden Tuft Alyssum, Gold-dust, Golden Tuft Madwort, Rock Madwort
- Seed Type: Perennial
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: Basket of Gold Alyssum flowers have a wildflower-like hardiness and are most commonly broadcasted directly after the frost. For earliest blooms, begin seeds 6 – 8 weeks indoors prior to the frost. Alyssum flower seeds will take 7 – 21 days to germinate in full lighting. Plants are just as popularly grown indoors as they are outdoors and may reseed in optimal climates.
- Days to Plant Maturity: 56 – 63 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3 – 8
- Seed Planting Depth: Lightly press 2 – 3 seeds without covering or broadcast directly
- Plant Spacing: 6”
- Growth Habit: 4 – 6” tall creeping mound with a 12 – 18” spread of tiny blooms
- Soil Preference: Dry, average to sandy, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Diseases/Pests/Troubleshooting: Basket of Gold Alyssum flowers are considered one of the easiest plants to grow directly. Unlike other varieties of Basket of Gold, Alyssum flowers require dry and arid conditions, and may show signs of rot if soil is not properly drained. Blooming may decline in consistently hot summers, but continue strong in the cooling fall. Alyssum has no serious susceptibility to any pests or diseases.
- Flower Colors: Shades of golden yellow and dark greens
Aurinia saxatilis, or more commonly known as Golden Alyssum or Yellow Alyssum, is a tenacious native to arid regions of Europe and Asia, and has since naturalized to many similar climates in the northern hemisphere. The genus name Aurinia is derived from the word aureus meaning "golden", and the specific name saxatilis means "found in rocks." Alyssum flower seeds.