Sweet Alyssum, Seaside Lobularia
Scientific Name: Lobularia maritima (L.) Desv.
Synonym: Alyssum maritimum, Koniga maritima, Clypeola maritima
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Alyssum 'Easter Bonnet Mix'
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
sunset: All zones
USDA: All zones
Heat Tolerance: Resists heat in Phoenix
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Origin: Mediterranean area
Growth Habits: Annual to 6 inches tall (15 cm), 12 inches in spread (30 cm)
Watering Needs: Regular water, needs good drainage
One of the alyssum most conspicuous feature is its very strong honey scent, they attract butterflies and bees. The plant carries a lot of simple flowers for a long period of time. They are good plants for borders and groundcovers.
Sow seeds in place in early spring in cold area, in the fall in hot desert area. They often self-seed. Sweet alyssum can also be started indoor 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost, and planted 6 inches apart. When the blooming slows down, cut the plant back and it will restart.