How to Grow Aurinia — Basket-of-Gold

Basket-of-gold, Aurinia saxatilis,
Basket-of-gold, Aurinia saxatilis,

Aurinia–commonly called basket-of-gold–forms low-growing dense clusters of tiny golden yellow flowers. Basket-of-gold is a small-scale ground cover for border foregrounds and rock gardens. Flowers appear in spring and early summer.

Aurinia forms low, tufted rosettes of lance- to spoon-shaped evergreen leaves. Showy, rounded clusters of tiny four-petaled flowers in yellow and white appear above the foliage creating a colorful mat.

Use Aurinia as a ground cover or edging at the front of a bed or border. It can also be grown in containers or at the top of walls as a cascading plant.

 Aurinia saxatilis
Aurinia saxatilis

Get to Know Aurinia

  • Plant type: Herbaceous evergreen perennial
  • Growing Zones and range: Zones 4-8; short-lived in humid regions.
  • Hardiness: Hardy to -35°F (-37°C) but can be killed by very cold winters; avoid excessively hot and humid climates
  • Height and width: 8 to 12 inches (20-30cm) tall; 12 to 18 inches wide
  • Foliage: Low-growing clumps narrow, lance-shaped, hairy leaves; creeping stems flop during flowering
  • Flower form: Each flower has four rounded petals; small flowers are grouped in rounded 1-inch clusters
  • Flower color: Yellow, gold
  • Bloom time: Late spring and early summer
  • Uses: Use as a foreground plant in borders and rock gardens.
  • Garden companions: rockcress (Aubrieta), and pinks (Dianthus)
  • Common name: Basket-of-Gold
  • Botanical name: Aurinia saxatilis
  • Family: Brassicaceae
  • Origin: Southern Europe to Russia and Turkey

Where to Plant Aurinia

  • Grow Aurinia in full sun.
  • Aurinia will grow in any soil that is dry.

Aurinia Uses and Companions

  • Use Aurinia in borders and as edging.
  • Plant Aurinia so it can spill over a wall or in a rock garden.
  • Good companions for Aurinia include Centranthus rubber, Iris sempervirens, beared Iris, Papaver orientale, Phlox subulata.
Basket of Gold  - Aurinia saxatilis
Basket of Gold – Aurinia saxatilis

When to Plant Aurinia

  • Plant in spring or fall. Add grit and sand to soil that is too rich in organic matter.

Planting and Spacing Aurinia

  • Set established plant 12 to 18 inches (30-45cm) apart.
  • Aurinia does not like to be transplanted; fall is the best time to transplant Aurinia.
  • Sow seed 1/8 inch deep in evenly prepared soil.

How to Water and Feed Aurinia

  • Water Aurinia only in periods of extreme drought.

Aurinia Care

  • Trim lightly after flowering to keep plants neat and compact.

Aurinia Pests and Diseases

  • Heavy moist soils and high humidity will encourage root rot. Plant in well-drained soil.
Yellow blossom of Aurinia saxatilis flower, blooming in spring
Yellow blossom of Aurinia saxatilis flower, blooming in spring

Aurinia Propagation

  • Aurinia seed germinates in 7 to 14 days at 65°F (18°C).
  • Aurinia readily self-sow. Sow seed in fall.
  • Divide Aurinia in spring or fall.

Aurinia Varieties to Grow

  • Aurinia saxatilis, basket-of-gold: vigorous, mound-forming species with gray-green leaves; grows to 8 inches tall and spread to 12 inches; bears dense, rounded clusters of brilliant yellow flowers. Cultivars include: ‘Variegata’ has leaves edged with pale green; ‘Tom Thumb’ and ‘Compacta’ grows 3 to 6 inches high; ‘Sunny Border Apricot’ has peach-colored flowers.

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