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Basket of Gold (Golden-tuft, Golden Alyssum, Gold-dust, Rock Madwort)

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  • Common Name: Basket of Gold (Golden-tuft, Golden Alyssum, Gold-dust, Rock Madwort)
  • Latin Name: Aurinia saxatilis; syn. Alyssum saxatile
  • Family Name: Brassicaceae
This small evergreen perennial produces bright yellow flowers in spring and happily tumbles over walls and out of baskets.  We can find no evidence of toxicity to tortoises, but as it is in the Brassica family, it is best to avoid feeding it (although if your tortoise happens to nibble some there is no harm done), as most of this family are high in goitrogens, which have the potential to cause liver and kidney damage.
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