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Sweet Alyssum / Lobularia

Sweet Alyssum Flower Description

Sweet Alyssum provides low level compact covering in flower beds. It is perfect for filling cracks in paving and spaces in bedding areas. Sweet Alyssum is also useful in containers and in rockeries.

A profusion of small flowers continually bloom from the beginning of summer right through to the autumn in a variety of colours including white, lilac, pink, red, and purple.

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Cultivation of Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum Flowers

Sweet Alyssum thrives in full sun and will do well in most well-drained soils that aren't too rich in nutrients.

Alyssum seeds should be sown sparingly in their permanent site from early spring. When the seedlings can take being handled they should be thinned out to a distance of 23cm from each other.

To maintain the profusion of blooms use a scissors to deadhead with light trimming of wilted flowers.

Popular Varieties of Sweet Alyssum

Some popular varieties of Sweet Alyssum include

Rosie O'Day Early flowering, 7.5-10cm, red flowers
Carpet of Snow

Flower clusters, 7.5cm, white blooms

Easter Bonnet Mixed colours, 12cm, white, pink, mauve, lavender, purple
Wonderland Red Long-lasting, 7.5-10cm, red blooms
Minimum Low carpet of flowers, 7.5cm, white blossoms
Oriental Night 10cm, deep purple flowers
Pastel Carpet Pastel shades, 12cm, white, cream, pink, light violet flowers
Royal Carpet Fragrant, 7.5-10cm, deep lilac blooms
Snow Crystal Large flower clusters, 10cm, pure white blooms
Trailing Rosie Red Trailing stems, use in hanging baskets, pink blossoms

Sweet Alyssum Pests and Diseases

Slugs are known to eat seedlings and younger plants.

Height 7.5 - 15cm

Sweet Alyssum - Scientific Classification

Planting distance 23cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from early summer to early autumn Order Brassicales
Any well-drained soil Family Brassicaceae
Full sun Genus Lobularia
Hardy annual    
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Ageratum Daffodil Lily of the Valley Snapdragon
Alstroemeria Dahlia Lobelia Snowdrop
Anemone Daisy Marigold Stock
Babys Breath Delphinium Pansy Sunflower
Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
Bells of Ireland Freesia Petunia Sweet Pea
Busy Lizzie Gladiolus Phlox Tulip
Chrysanthemum Hollyhock Poppy Wallflower

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