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



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, 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:
Photographer: Steve Jacobs/MJC/Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

Lobularia maritima is an annual. Low, branching, trailing plant to 1' tall, with narrow or lance-shaped leaves .5" - 2" long. Tiny, 4-petaled white flowers crowded in clusters.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball at ground level. 3. Prepare soil mix of equal parts soil and soil amendment. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.