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Sweet alyssum

Lobularia maritima selections

Sweet alyssum

Sweet alyssum, with its dainty, fragrant flowers, is often used in containers and hanging baskets to spill over the edges, creating a soft, frothy look. It's also a great edging plant because of its tidy, compact habit. Regardless of how you use it, sweet alyssum does best in spring and fall's cool conditions (or use it for winter color in very warm climates).

In cool-summer conditions, such as the northern third of the United States, sweet alyssum will bloom steadily through the summer. It halts bloom in summer in warmer areas.

Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Plant Height:
To 8 inches tall
Plant Width:
To 1 foot wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Privacy,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Fragrant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Lobularia maritima 'Clear Crystal Lavender Shades' is an extra-vigorous selection with fragrant, larger-than-typical lavender blooms. It grows 10 inches tall and 14 inches wide.
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Lobularia maritima 'Easter Basket Blend' bears blooms with violet, rose, or pink flowers on 4-inch-tall plants.
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Lobularia maritima 'Easter Bonnet Pastel Mix' offers soft pink, lavender, and white blooms on tidy 4-inch-tall plants.
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Lobularia maritima 'New Carpet of Snow' bears white blooms on tidy 3-inch-tall plants.
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Lobularia maritima 'Rosie O'Day' bears rosy-lavender flowers on compact 4-inch-tall plants.
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Lobularia maritima 'Snow Crystals' has fragrant, extra-large flowers on vigorous plants.
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Lobularia maritima 'Snow Princess' is an exceptionally vigorous variety that's heat tolerant and bears clusters of white flowers that are much larger than older varieties. It's strongly fragrant, as well, and grows 6 inches tall but can trail to 5 feet.
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Plant It With

Mix nemesia, with its fine-texture blooms and foliage, with lower sweet alyssum for a charming, fragrant combination.


Rich purple pansies look great growing with a carpet of white sweet alyssum.


Upright stock always looks good when grown with tidy mounds of sweet alyssum.