South Texas Gardening with Bob Webster

Sweet Alyssum



This hardy annual is native to Southern Europe, but has naturalized throughout the United States. Dense clusters of tiny snow-white flowers bloom continuously throughout the growing season if the spent blossoms are trimmed back. A compact, rapid growing variety which is drought tolerant and heat resistant. Thrives in full sun to partial shade, in almost any soil. Best sown in early spring, seedlings cannot withstand a heavy frost. A seemingly endless parade of blooms.
Average planting success with this species: 80%
Height: 8-12 inches
Germination: 15-20 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 55-75F
Sowing depth: Surface Sow
Blooming period: Year round in frost-free climates.
Average seeds per pound: 1,270,000
Seeding rate: 2 lbs. per acre
Suggested use: Borders, disturbed areas, rock gardens, hanging baskets, mixes.
Miscellaneous: In full bloom emits a sweet aroma. Requires very little attention.
 
Source: aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/37/37.7.html

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