View Larger Sweet Alyssum

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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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


    Family

    Brassicaceae


    Also Known As

    Sweet Alysson


    Type of Plant

    Annuals Annuals

    Bloom Season

    April - June


    Seasons

    Spring Spring

    Specifications

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

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade

    Tolerances

  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Southern Europe


    History

    Plantsman Bernard McMahon listed Sweet Alysson in his 1802 catalog.


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