This plant has a strong fragrance
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Sweet Alyssum Overview
An ornamental plant with attractive foliage and tiny, honey-scented flowers, the Sweet Alyssum is a must-have for any Mediterranean or rock garden. The Sweet Alyssum is a low-growing flowering plant that is great as a border, growing in a container or as a ground cover. Not only known as highly ornamental, this plant also has traditional medicinal applications and culinary uses.
Common problems with Sweet Alyssum
Pests include slugs, leafhoppers, whitefly and flea beetles. Diseases include downy mildew, club root, Rhizoctonia root, stem rot and white blister.
Sweet Alyssum Companion Plants
Plant with summer annuals and bulbs, between succulents and aloes in the rock garden.
How to harvest Sweet Alyssum
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored.
How to propagate Sweet Alyssum
Seed can be sown in mid to late spring and germinate within 2 weeks. Sow seed directly or in trays. Thin seedlings to 15cm apart.
Special features of Sweet Alyssum
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
Relatively drought resistant, suitable for xeriscaping.
Suitable for growing in containers.
Other uses of Sweet Alyssum
Walls, ground cover, border, edging, container, greenhouse, fragrance, rock garden, hanging basket. Tolerates coastal conditions.
The plant is commonly used in Spain as an antiscorbutic and diuretic. It is also highly esteemed there as an astringent in the treatment of gonorrhoea.
The young leaves, stems and flowers can be used as a flavouring in salads and other dishes where pungency is required.
Good plants for growing in a container or as a ground cover.
Annuals are mostly, self seeders and flower every year giving you lots of bang for your buck.