syn. Alyssum saxatile
Basket of Gold
syn. Yellow Alyssum
June - September
sandy, well drained
acid - neutral - alkaline
sensitive to winter wet, often short-lived
S-Europe and Central-Asia
The genus Alyssum belongs to the Brassicaceae family. It's a fairly large genus of similar species native to the Mediterranean and Eastern- and Central-Asia. Many are low growing alpines, most with small white or yellow flowers in clusters. They grow best in sandy, well-drained soil in full sun. The genus Aurinia is a closely related genus which several species from the Alyssum have now been moved to. They all flower yellow flowers and are native to Central- and South-Europe.
Basal cuttings in spring og early summer
A stalk without buds is torn off at the base and planted in soil mixed with pumice and kept in a sheltered spot out of strong sunlight until the cutting is rooted.
Seed sown in March.
Seed just covered and kept at 20°C (68°F) until germination. After germination it should be kept at a lower temperature with plenty of light so the plants won't become lanky.
A rock garden plant that needs well drained soil and plenty of sun. It is sensitive to winter wet and often short-lived with the wet winters here in SW-Iceland. It can be maintained with summer cuttings stored under cover during the winter.