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Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima

Also known as

Sweet Alyssum Golf Series, Sweet Alison, Sweet-Alice, Seaside Koniga, Seaside Lobularia

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

30cm

15cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

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.

Drought resistant

Relatively drought resistant, suitable for xeriscaping.

Pot plant

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.

Medicinal

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.

Edible

The young leaves, stems and flowers can be used as a flavouring in salads and other dishes where pungency is required.

Ornamental

Good plants for growing in a container or as a ground cover.

Garden Annuals

Annuals are mostly, self seeders and flower every year giving you lots of bang for your buck.

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Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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