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Lobularia

Sweet Alyssum

Annuals, Flowers

These easy-to-grow mounds of white, pink, or purple, honey-scented flowers work well in containers or casual landscaping situations. Plants are low and branching, to 1 ft. high and wide, with narrow or lance-shaped leaves 1/2–2 in. long.

Crowded clusters of tiny, four-petaled flowers can bloom for months, and most self-seed. In cold-winter regions, flowers can keep coming from spring until frost; in mild climates, self-sown seedlings supply all-year bloom. Sweet alyssum seeds are sometimes included in wildflower mixes.

Lobularia maritima ‘Rosie O’Day’
Lobularia maritima ‘Rosie O’Day’

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Lobularia maritima

Mediterranean native. Low, branching, trailing plant to 1 ft. high and wide, with narrow or lance-shaped leaves 1/2–2 in. long. Crowded clusters of tiny, four-petaled white flowers have a sweet honey fragrance. In cold-winter regions, blooms from spring until frost; in mild climates, blooms all year from self-sown seedlings. Seeds are sometimes included in wildflower mixes or erosion-control mixes for bare or disturbed earth.

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