Alyssum – Royal Carpet
- Botanical Name: Lobularia maritima
- Cycle: Annual
- Bloom Time: Spring to Fall
- Color: Lavender
- Light Requirements: Mostly Sun
- Estimated Mature Height: 3-6 inches tall
- Germination Time: 15- 20 Days
- Soil Requirements: Tolerates a wide range
- Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- Suggested Uses: Border Plant Flowers & Groundcover
- Other: Fragrant; Attracts Bees, Birds & Butterflies ~~!!
This flower releases a unique fragrance that will carry through the blossoms. Once the blooming has slowed down, trim back the flowers with a hedge trimmer or a pair of small clippers to help promote more growth and continued blooms. Alyssum will grow anywhere between 3 and 6 inches tall.
Lobularia maritima, common name Sweet Alyssum or Sweet Alison, also commonly referred to as just Alyssum from the genus in which it was formerly classified, is a low-growing flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae, native to the Mediterranean region andMacaronesia (Canary Islands, Azores).
It is an annual plant (rarely a short-lived perennial plant) growing to 10-30 cm tall. The leaves are 1-4 cm long and 3-5 mm broad, oval to lanceolate, with an entire margin. The flowers are sweet-smelling white (rarely pink or lavender), with four petals; they are produced throughout the growing season, or year-round in areas free of frost.
Cultivation and uses
Lobularia maritima is best planted in early spring, but requires little maintenance when growing. It will flower more profusely if spent blooms are trimmed. When grown in gardens, it is typically used as ground cover, as it rarely grows higher than 20 cm tall.
It prefers partial shade, and is resistant to heat and drought. Plants with darker-colored flowers do better in cooler temperatures.Bees, ALYSSUM, Birds,, Size, ROYAL, Seeds, Carpet, Flower, 1000