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How to Grow Basket-of-Gold — Aurinia

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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.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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