Lobularia Maritima 'Carpet of Snow' (Sweet Alyssum, Dwarf White - Carpet of Snow) is a variety of sweet alyssum known for its dwarf and compact growth habit and white flowers. 'Carpet of Snow' is an annual plant, which means it completes its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family.
This variety of sweet alyssum forms low-growing, spreading mats of foliage with numerous small, four-petaled flowers. The plants typically reach a height of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) and spread to about 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm). The flowers are pure white in color, creating a carpet-like effect when in bloom.
'Carpet of Snow' sweet alyssum typically blooms from late spring to summer and often continues to flower into the fall months, depending on the local climate and growing conditions. It attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies and is a favorite among gardeners for its ease of growing and ability to fill in small spaces.
'Carpet of Snow' sweet alyssum thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. This variety is known for its adaptability and can withstand heat and drought conditions. This plant is relatively low-maintenance and does not require frequent watering. Deadheading the faded flowers can encourage prolonged blooming and keep the plants tidy.
'Carpet of Snow' sweet alyssum is popular for edging pathways, borders, or as a ground cover in gardens. Its white flowers provide a beautiful contrast to other colorful plants in the garden. It can also be grown in containers, hanging baskets, or window boxes for cascading displays.
Fragrance: One of the notable characteristics of sweet alyssum, including the 'Carpet of Snow' variety, is its sweet and delicate fragrance. The flowers emit a lovely scent, which adds to the overall appeal of this plant. Sweet Alyssum is a versatile and charming plant that adds beauty and fragrance to gardens.
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Scientific Name: Lobularia Maritima
Common Name: Sweet Alyssum – Carpet of Snow, Dwarf White
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Southern Europe
Height: 4-6 "
Spread: 12-20 "
Zone: USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9
Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Blooming Season: Summer
Habitats: Cushion or mound Forming, Mat Forming
Attracts: Bees, Feed Bees
Characteristics: Flowers are fragrant
Flower Type: Clustered
Flower Color: White with green foliage
Water Requirement: Low to medium water
Tolerate: Drought, Dry soil, Shallow, Rocky
Soil Type: Loamy, Sandy
Soil pH: Acidic, Alkaline and Neutral
Uses: Borders, Rock Gardens, Containers, Pots, Edging and Rock