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Sweet alyssum

Lobularia maritima

Sweet alison, Alyssum, Carpet flower (Eng.), Heuningblommetjies (Afr.)

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An ornamental plant with attractive foliage and tiny, honey-scented flowers, the Sweet Alyssum is a must-have for any Mediterranean or rock garden. The Sweet Alyssum is a low-growing flowering plant that is great as a border, growing in a container or as a ground cover. Not only known as highly ornamental, this plant also has traditional medicinal applications and culinary uses.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored.

Propagation

Seed
Seed can be sown in mid to late spring and germinate within 2 weeks. Sow seed directly or in trays. Thin seedlings to 15cm apart.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
Drought resistant
Relatively drought resistant, suitable for xeriscaping.
Pot plant
Suitable for growing in containers.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean Europe.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The plant is commonly used in Spain as an antiscorbutic and diuretic. It is also highly esteemed there as an astringent in the treatment of gonorrhoea.
Edible
The young leaves, stems and flowers can be used as a flavouring in salads and other dishes where pungency is required.
Ornamental
Good plants for growing in a container or as a ground cover.

Personality

Family
Brassicaceae
Flower colour
, White, Purples, Pink
Scent
Strong

Problems

Pests include slugs, leafhoppers, whitefly and flea beetles. Diseases include downy mildew, club root, Rhizoctonia root, stem rot and white blister.

Companion plants

Plant with summer annuals and bulbs, between succulents and aloes in the rock garden.

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