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Planted at Mount Vernon

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    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


    Bloom Season

    April - May




    Max Height: 1'
    Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Ground Cover
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    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


    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.

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