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Dense mounds of tiny fragrant white flowers form a spreading carpet under large perennials and annuals in the spring border.

Latin Name

Lobularia maritima



Also Known As

Sweet Alysson

Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

April - June


Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 0.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 0.75'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Colors

    Native Range

    Southern Europe


    Plantsman Bernard McMahon listed Sweet Alysson in his 1802 catalog.

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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