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LOBULARIA maritima 'Carpet of Snow'
Carpet of Snow Alyssum, Sweet Alyssum
Create a floral snowstorm in summer with this low-growing, spreading alyssum. Some old-fashioned bedding annuals never fall out of fashion because they are reliably beautiful and well-suited to lots of garden situations. Sweet alyssum is one of these long-loved gems. It is a compact herbaceous ornamental that originates from the Canary Islands and regions along the Mediterranean. In the wild, it behaves as both an annual or short-lived perennial but is most commonly cultivated as an annual. Gardeners favor it as a bedding or container plant because it forms tidy, spreading mounds and will bloom continuously if provided the correct growing conditions.
The leaves of sweet alyssum are fine, linear and pale green or gray-green. In late spring or early summer it becomes covered with dense, showy clusters of tiny four-petaled flowers that emit sweet, permeating fragrance. Bees, butterflies and other insect pollinators are attracted to the blooms and small, seed-filled dry fruits follow.
Sweet alyssum is drought tolerant and adapted to seaside conditions, so it does well in sandy or gravelly soils and full sun. It often self-sows, but gently. Popular as a bedding and container plant, it may also be used in rock gardens or along walkways where its strong, sweet fragrance may be easily enjoyed. Plant as a winter annual where winters are mild.
12 - 1
10 - 11
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm
10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm
Mediterranean, Canary Islands
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Light Green, Gray Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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