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Lobularia maritima /Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima    / Lobularia maritima
Border planting in this slightly raised bed
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Border planting in this slightly raised bed

An urn with sweet alyssum spilling over the edges

Blooms profusely from late winter until temperatures reach about 90 degrees

Excellent choice for urns and other containers

Tucked in the corner of a raised bed with liriope border planting

Planting at Longue Vue Gardens in New Orleans in late spring

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Scientific Name: Lobularia maritima
Common Name: Sweet Alyssum
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Xeriscapes
Comments: Although it is a perennial, it is generally grown as an annual as it becomes leggy and unattractive the second year. Sweet alyssum almost covers itself with delicate white, pink or purple blossoms to create big show of color in the landscape. It is used in edgings, borders, rock gardens and in containers.