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Lobularia maritima - (L.)Desv.
                 
Common Name Sweet Alyssum
Family Brassicaceae or Cruciferae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry sunny places in the Mediterranean[50]. Grows by the coast in Britain[17].
Range Europe - Mediterranean. Naturalized in Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Pink, Purple, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early fall, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling.

Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum


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Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum
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Physical Characteristics
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Lobularia maritima is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 10-Apr It is in flower from Jun to October, and the seeds ripen from Jul to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms
Alyssum maritimum. Clypeola maritima.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds; South Wall. In. West Wall. In.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The young leaves, stems and flowers are sometimes used as a flavouring in salads and other dishes where pungency is required[183].
Medicinal Uses


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Antiscorbutic;  Astringent;  Diuretic.

The plant is commonly used in Spain as an antiscorbutic and diuretic[240]. It is also highly esteemed there as an astringent in the treatment of gonorrhoea[240].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Seashore. Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[200]. Succeeds in sandy soils[188]. Grows well on dry walls[1]. Tolerates maritime conditions[200]. Although a short-lived perennial, it soon loses its compact habit if grown for more than one year and so is usually grown as an annual plant in gardens[245]. A very ornamental plant, there are several named forms developed for their ornamental value. This species usually self-sows in the garden if growing in a good position[1]. A fast-growing plant[188], it makes a good edging to a plant bed[245]. The forms of this species with white flowers have the refreshing scent of new-mown hay - flowers of other colours having little or no scent[245]. A good bee and butterfly plant[17, 30]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Fragrant flowers.
Propagation
Seed - it can be sown in situ during mid to late spring and should germinate within 2 weeks[200]. Seedlings can be transplanted. In order to obtain an earlier display of the flowers, the seed can be sown in a greenhouse in late winter. When large enough to handle, the seedlings are pricked out into individual pots and are then planted out in late spring.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Botanical References
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Elizabeth H.
Thu Dec 30 07:24:22 2004
This plant is found in Malta/Mediterranean basin/Europe

More comprehensive details, medicinal properties, uses, botanical data, plant description and photogallery of high resolutions photos of this plant can be seen on an interesting website about the wild plants of Malta: www.maltawildplants.com

Link: Malta Wild Plants Website and photography by Stephen Mifsud, Malta.

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