Lobularia Maritima, Alyssum Maritimum (Sweet Alyssum, Tall White) is typically low-growing, there are some taller varieties available. Sweet Alyssum is an annual plant, completing its lifecycle within a year. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family.
Sweet Alyssum produces small, fragrant flowers on delicate stems. The plants have small, ovate leaves, and the flowers are typically composed of four small petals. The flowers are often white, although other color varieties, such as shades of pink, purple, and yellow, are also available.
The flower typically blooms from late spring to summer, and in some regions, it may continue to flower into the fall. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions.
Sweet Alyssum thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. This plant is known for its tolerance to heat and drought conditions.
Sweet Alyssum is popular for edging flower beds, borders, or as a ground cover in gardens. This is a versatile and charming plant that brings beauty, fragrance, and pollinators to gardens. It can also be grown in containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes for cascading displays.
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Scientific Name: Lobularia Maritima
Common Name: Sweet Alyssum – Tall White
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Native Range: Native to Macaronesia region: (Canary Islands, Maderia, Cape Verde)
Height: 8-16 "
Spread: 6-12 "
Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Blooming Season: April to June
Habitats: Dry Sunny places in the Mediterranean, Grows by coast in Britian
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy
Flower Color: White
Water Requirement: Low, At least an inch of water every week
Tolerate: Does not tolerate Drought
Soil Type: Light Sandy, Medium Loamy and Heavy Clay soil
Soil pH: Mildly acidic (6.1 to 6.5 pH)
Maintenance: Medium, Easy to grow
Uses: Commonly used in Spain as an antiscorbutic and diuretic, Astringent