Alyssum saxatile L.
Brand: Legutko
Packaged:0,5 g
Ex Tax: 1.45€
Gold dust - Alyssum saxatile.
An evergreen perennial growing to 0.25m by 0.3m . It is hardy to zone 3. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to June, and the seeds ripen in July.
The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees and Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies).
The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife. We rate it 1 out of 5 for usefulness.
The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.
The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.
Habitats and Possible Locations: In Walls, In South Wall, In East Wall, In West Wall, Ground Cover.
Succeeds in most soils. Prefers a sunny position and a well-drained soil. Best when grown in a soil that is not too rich.
Drought tolerant once established, plants can be grown on dry-stone walls and also old brick walls. A very ornamental plant, there are several named varieties.
A good bee and butterfly plant.
Propagation: Seed - surface sow March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 1-2 weeks at +16°C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. The seed can also be sown outdoors, either in a seedbed or in situ.
Division in March or October. Larger divisions can be planted straight into their permanent positions whilst smaller clumps are best potted up and kept in a cold frame until they are growing away well. Cuttings in early summer. 

Eng.: Basket of gold, gold dust, golden tuft madwort, golden-tuft alyssum. Bot. syn.: Aurinia saxatilis.

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