Alyssum (Lavender) - Plant

Alyssum or Sweet Alyssum plants produce long, oval leaves and flowers that can be pink, purple, yellow or white in colour.
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About Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum is a delicate carpet of tiny flowers with a subtle, sweet scent. The low-growing foliage is covered by flowers for much of the growing season. Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is very easy to grow, from plant or seed.

Sweet Alyssum is a cool season flower that can be set out in early spring are grown throughout the fall and winter, in frost-free climates. Most varieties will fade in the heat, but rally again in the fall.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Sweet alyssum
Maximum Reachable Height Height: 0.25 to 0.75 feet Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Flower Colour lavender
Bloom Time April to June
Difficulty Level Medium

Planting and care

  • Keep alyssum well-watered during hot, dry weather. In mid summer to stimulate more growth and flowering shear your alyssum plants by 1/3rd of their height.
  • Fertilize afterward with a balanced product and water and they will regrow for a late summer flower show.
  • When grown in containers or small spaces with little soil, fertilize monthly to keep them growing strong.
  • Growing sweet alyssum requires well-drained soil with moderate moisture.
  • The plants are tolerant of many types of soils and make a cheerful accent in many situations.
  • Start from seed in early spring in seed flats indoors and transplant after the danger of frost has passed.
  • Surface sow the tiny seed and keep lightly moist until germination, which is usually 15 to 20 days.
  • When the seedlings have several pairs of true leaves and soil temperatures are at least 60 F. (16 C.) degrees, transplant them into a prepared garden bed.
  • Alyssum care

    Sweet alyssum grows only a few inches high but spreads as much as a foot in diameter. The tiny flowers are closely packed around small racemes that grow upward as lower flowers fade. Although white is the most planted colour, pink, lavender, and darker shades of violet are also available.

    To start Sweet Alyssum from seed, simply scatter the seed and press it down, so that it makes good contact with the soil, but it is still exposed to light. Keep the soil moist, until germination. Then water whenever the soil feels dry.
    Direct seed in garden in mid- to late spring, or indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost. Do not cover the seeds, as they need light to germinate.

    Sunlight Full sun to part shade
    Watering Keep the soil moist, until germination. Then water whenever the soil feels dry.
    Soil Alyssum perfers a neutral soil pH and a rich, loamy soil.
    Temperature Germination temperature: 65 F to 70 F
    Fertilizer Your in ground alyssum plants should not need any fertilizer, unless your soil is poor. Container alyssum plants will need more frequent water and monthly feedings with a water soluble fertilizer.

    Alyssum special feature

    It is a mat-forming plant that produces spreading mounds of well-branched stems clad with linear, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves (to 1” long).

    Alyssum uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • Sweet alyssum grows best where it can be showcased
    • Plant or sow seeds in front of flower borders, in containers with other taller growing annuals, such as salvia and profusion zinnias, and in walls or rock gardens among other low growing perennials and wild flowers, such as columbine

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Alyssum ?

    Alyssum is commonly known as Sweet alyssum

    How tall do Alyssum grow?

    On average Alyssum grows Height: 0.25 to 0.75 feet Spread: 0.50 to 1.00 feet

    What color are Alyssum ?

    A Alyssum plant bears flowers of color lavender

    When Alyssum blooms?

    With enough light, Alyssum may produce lavender flowers in April to June

    How hard is Alyssum to grow?

    A Alyssum is Medium

    How much sunlight does a Alyssum need?

    A Alyssum prefers Full sun to part shade

    How much water does a Alyssum need?

    A Alyssum prefers watering Keep the soil moist, until germination. Then water whenever the soil feels dry.

    What kind of soil does a Alyssum need?

    A Alyssum prefers Alyssum perfers a neutral soil pH and a rich, loamy soil.

    What temperature does a Alyssum like?

    A Alyssum prefers Germination temperature: 65 F to 70 F

    How often should I fertilize my Alyssum ?

    To encourage Alyssum growth, Your in ground alyssum plants should not need any fertilizer, unless your soil is poor. Container alyssum plants will need more frequent water and monthly feedings with a water soluble fertilizer.



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