Basket Of Gold Plant Info:

Aurinia saxatilis (The Blue-Eyed Nightshade)

Growing Basket Of Gold Alyssum Information:

Aurinia saxatilis is a common species found growing wild throughout most of the United States. It grows in moist soil with full sun. It prefers rich, fertile soil and will grow well in any climate.

Its leaves are long and narrow, with two main veins running through them. They have three distinct leaflets: a leaflet at the tip, a smaller one near the base, and another leaflet above it all. The flowers are small yellowish white flowers which bloom from late summer until early fall.


The plant grows best in a sunny location. You can grow it indoors or outdoors. It tolerates poor light conditions, but does better when there is adequate sunlight.

If grown outside, make sure your area receives some morning sun during the day and evening shade at night. It needs bright indirect lighting for best growth and flowering results. It grows best in moist, fertile soil with good drainage. It will also grow in normal, potting soil.

It can tolerate drought conditions once its established. In pots, water only when the soil feels dry on the surface.

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Commonly Confused With:

The plant is commonly confused with Alyssum alyssoides which has white flowers and grows wild throughout most of the United States.

Basket Of Gold Alyssum Care Tips:


United States


Full Sun to Part Shade


It is best to water it when the soil dries out. Overwatering can cause root rot. Do not cold water when the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.


Try not to get the plant’s leaves wet.

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Cold Tolerance:

It can be grown outdoors in the summer. In colder areas, it can be grown in a container and either brought indoors or outdoors depending on the weather.

Flower Characteristics:

The flowers are small (1/4 to 1/2 inch across) and have five petals. They are white with a yellow center. They bloom in clusters at the ends of the branches from mid-summer to fall.


It can grow to a height of 2 to 3 feet.

Growing Basket Of Gold Alyssum Seeds:

Growing the seeds is very easy. Get a container that has drainage holes and is at least 6 inches deep. Fill it with a mix of half potting soil and half coarse sand.

Plant the seeds about 1/4 inch deep. Keep the soil moist and keep the container in direct sunlight. Transplant when there is significant root growth.

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