A sweetly scented alyssum covered with tiny, rose-pink flowers in mini-rosettes. Perfect for continuous color in rock gardens, rock walls, along a garden path, or spilling from your favorite containers. Edible flowers have a mild, grassy/mustardy flavor; the clusters make a charming garnish to salads and desserts. A 1961 All-America Selections award winner.
Botanical Name: Lobularia maritima
Native: Mediterranean region
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 5 and warmer; often grown as an annual as it gets leggy in its second year.
Plant Dimensions: 4″ tall, 6″–12″ wide
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Spring to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 60°–85°F. Mild Climates: Fall sowing for winter bloom is recommended.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 5–15 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A pinch of 20–30 seeds every 6″
Thinning: Not required