LOBULARIA Maritima (Sweet Alyssum, Dwarf Pink) is a flowering annual plant known for its delicate blooms and sweet fragrance. Sweet Alyssum is an annual plant, completing its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbage, mustard, and other flowering plants.
Sweet Alyssum produces low-growing mounds or spreading mats of small, lance-shaped leaves. 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 borne in clusters atop the foliage and are small, four-petaled blooms. In the dwarf pink variety, the flowers are shades of pink, ranging from pale to deeper hues.
Sweet Alyssum typically blooms from late spring to summer and may continue to flower into the fall, depending on the local climate and growing conditions. One of the notable characteristics of Sweet Alyssum is its sweet fragrance. The flowers emit a delightful scent, especially in the evening, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Sweet Alyssum thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. This plant is adaptable and can handle heat and dry conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping or areas with limited water availability.
Sweet Alyssum is commonly grown from seeds. The seeds can be directly sown in the garden or started indoors and transplanted after the risk of frost has passed. Lightly cover the seeds with soil and keep them consistently moist until germination. Once established, Sweet Alyssum is relatively low-maintenance and does not require frequent watering. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage continuous blooming and keep the plants tidy.
Sweet Alyssum, including the dwarf pink variety, is a charming and versatile plant that brings beauty, fragrance, and pollinators to gardens. It is popular for edging flower beds, borders, or as a ground cover in gardens. The dwarf pink variety adds a touch of soft, romantic pink to the landscape. It also works well in containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes, providing a cascading display of delicate blooms.
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Scientific Name: Lobularia Maritima
Common Name: Sweet Alyssum – Dwarf Pink
Plant Type: Annual/Perennial
Native Range: Native to Europe
Height: 2-3 "
Spread: 12 "
Zone: USDA Hardiness 3-7
Exposure: Full Sun lover
Blooming Season: Spring (Late), Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Humming Birds, Ladybugs
Characteristics: Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Tolerate: Deer Tolerant
Moisture: Moist, Well-drained
Water Requirement: Average, Keep the plants watered Daily
Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loamy, Sandy Soil
Soil pH: Alkaline, Neutral (6.0 to 6.5 pH)
Advantage: Low Maintenance
Uses: Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers, Ornamental uses