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LOBULARIA maritima 'Easter Bonnet Lavender'

Image of Lobularia maritima 'Easter Bonnet Lavender' (EASTER BONNET SERIES)

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

LOBULARIA maritima 'Easter Bonnet Lavender'( EASTER BONNET SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Easter Bonnet Lavender Sweet Alyssum, Sweet Alyssum

General Description

The sweet smelling clusters of lavender flowers of 'Easter Bonnet Lavender' are easy and colorful bedding annuals. Members of the Easter Bonnet Series are very compact and bloom earlier from seed than many other forms of sweet alyssum.

Sweet alyssum is a low growing herbaceous ornamental native to the Canary Islands and southern Europe. In the wild, plants behave as both annuals and short-lived perennials, but they are most commonly cultivated as annuals.

The low-growing mounded plants become covered with fine, light green foliage. They bear markedly fragrant showy clusters of tiny flowers that cover plants for much of the growing season.

Sweet alyssum is drought tolerant and adapted to seaside conditions, so it does well in sandy or gravelly soils and full sun. Popular as a bedding and container plant, sweet alyssum may also be used in rock gardens or along walkways where its strong, sweet fragrance may be enjoyed. It makes a superb winter annual for areas with mild climates.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mediterranean, Canary Islands

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes