Botanical Name: Lobularia maritima
Common Name: Sweet Alyssum  
Plant photo of: Lobularia maritima
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Annual


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Blue, Lavender, Pink, Purple, White


Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Constant


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Water Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Container, Small Spaces, Hanging Baskets


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Steve Jacobs/MJC/Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

Lobularia maritima is an annual. It is a low branching, trailing plant to 1' tall, with narrow or lance-shaped leaves .5"-2" long. There are tiny, four-petaled, white flowers crowded in clusters.
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halfway with native soil and water. 5. Finish back filling hole, build basin and water.