Family: Brassicaceae
Common Name: Golden Tuft, Gold Dust

This small genus of biennials and perennials is native to Europe and western Asia. Forming rosettes of slightly hairy, mainly lance-shaped leaves, they have four-petalled yellow or white flowers. They are useful for rock gardens and sloping banks, or as garden edging.


Aurinia saxatilis (Synonym: Alyssum saxatile) is the only species common in Cultivation. It forms a low mound, 10-30 cm (4-6 in) high, spreading to around 40 cm (16 in). Clear yellow flowers appear in great profusion in mid to late spring. There are cultivars with flowers in white, cream, lemon and rich gold. The foliage of cultivar 'Variegata' has creamy margins.


These plants are best grown in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. Regular watering is needed in dry spring or summer weather. Shear over plants after flowering to ensure compact growth. Propagate from seed or tip cuttings taken in late spring through summer.


Zone 3.

Aucuba      Austromyrtus