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Care of the plant Aurinia saxatilis or Basket of gold.

Care of the plant Aurinia saxatilis or Basket of gold

The genus Aurinia, family Brassicaceae, comprises 10 species of herbaceous plants native to the mountains of southern and central Europe, Turkey and Russia. Some species are: Aurinia saxatilis, Aurinia corymbosa, Aurinia rupestris, Aurinia sinuata.

Common names: Golden alison, Basket of gold, Golden alyssum, Rock madwort. This species is native to Asia and Europe.

They are perennial herbaceous plants that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. The leaves are alternate, oblong-lanceolate in shape and ash gray in color. They produce many scented flowers in terminal spikes, a beautiful bright yellow-gold color. They bloom in spring but can do so again in late summer.

Due to their easy cultivation they are ideal for rockeries, cracks in walls, to create colored spots on the lawn and in flowerpots for terraces and balconies.

Aurinia saxatilis needs exposure to full sun and warm temperatures. They resist sporadic frosts of low intensity.

They prefer well-drained, dry, medium-textured soils. In the case of transplanting or planting, it's done in autumn or spring.

Water very moderately in summer; the rest of the year they are almost maintained by the rains; they are very resistant to drought.

Fertilize with manure before planting and with mineral fertilizer every 15 days in spring.

Prune after flowering to remove wilted flowers.

They can be attacked by slugs, caterpillars and, if there is excess watering, by powdery mildew (fungi).

They propagate by seeds sown in spring or by cuttings in early summer.

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Aurinia saxatilis
Aurinia saxatilis
Aurinia saxatilis