Basket-of-Gold produces a blanket of bright yellow flowers in early to mid-spring on spreading clumps of oblong, gray-green foliage. Basket-of-Gold is best used in the front of a border or draping over the edges of stones in a rock garden.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Mixed border
- Small plant (6-12 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Dry soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Occasional drought
Season of Interest:
- Late spring,
- Early summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
9 to 12 inches tall, 18 inches wide, mounded and creeping
Cut back by one-third to one-half after flowering to shape the plant and prolong life.
Plant requires good drainage and prefers dry soil. It will sprawl in overly rich soil.
Prefers not to be divided.
Diseases, pests and problems
No serious pests. Plant is short-lived, especially in the southern portions of its zone.
Native geographic location and habitat
Russia, Turkey and central Europe
Attracts birds or pollinators
Leaves are alternate with one leaf per node. They are 2 to 5 inches long with smaller stem leaves. They are oblong, gray, and fuzzy.
The bright yellow flowers are borne on panicles. Each flower has four petals.
The fruit is a two-section dry pod, 1.5 to 3.5 inches, that splits open when ripe to release the seeds.
Cultivars and their differences
Compact Basket-of-Gold (Aurinia saxatilis 'Compactum'): This cultivar is smaller in stature, with a rounded habit and bright yellow flowers. It grows to six to eight inches tall.