photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons, by Catherine Munro

(low-bu-lair' ee-ah)

Common name: Sweet Alyssum

Family: Brassicaceae, Mustard

Height x width: 4-8" x 10-15"

Growth rate: moderate to fast

Foliage: alternate, linear or lanceolate, entire margins

Flowers: small terminal racemes; white, pink, lavender; strong scent desired by some and despised by others

Hardiness: annual (not to be confused with perennial Alyssum)

Soil: well-drained

Light: sun prefered

Pests and problems: damping-off of seedlings, root rots from poor drainage, botrytis blight especially in wet weather

Landscape habit, uses: edging, masses in front of borders, rock gardens, containers, fine texture

Other interest: native to Mediterranean

Other culture: may stop flowering in periods of extreme heat, purple cultivars prefer cool, space 6" apart

Propagation: seed indoors with germination in 8 days (70,000 seeds/oz.)


maritima (mar-it' eh-mah)--meaning "pertaining to the sea" refering to native coastal habitat, only species commonly grown
 Cultivars: (of maritima), those marked * are most commonly seen
Cultivars, other taxa height, in. flowers other
'Aphrodite Mix' 3 various vivid colors, new
'Apricot Shades' 3-4 apricot  unique, variable color
*'Carpet of Snow' 4-6 white  
Easter Basket Hybrids 4 various  
*Easter Bonnet series 4 various uniform, early series
'New Carpet of Snow' 3-4 white more uniform, compact
*'Oriental Night' 4 dark violet purple  
'Pastel Carpet' 3-4 mix  
*'Rosie O'Day' 4 lavender-rose  
'Royal Carpet' 3 rich violet  
'Snow Crystals' 4-6 white large flowers, tolerates heat
'Sweet White' 3-4 white honey fragrance
'Tiny Tim' 3 white early
'Trailing Rosy-Red' 3-4 rosy-red good for containers
'Violet Queen' 5 clear violet  
Wonderland Hybrids 4 red, white, purple  

©Authored by Dr. Leonard Perry, Professor, University of Vermont as part of PSS123 course.

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