Skip to main content

These sweet-smelling golden flowers are ideal for the front of the border in spring when bulbs are blooming.

Latin Name

Aurinia saxatilis



Also Known As

Golden-tuft Alyssum Rock Madwort Gold Dust

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

April - May


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 1'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Ground Cover
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Central and Southeastern Europe


    Horticulturist Henry Middleton of South Carolina had this plant in his garden by 1800.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

    Shop Now