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Common Name: Sweet Alyssum
Lobularia maritima is a Annual/Perennial up to 0.15 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Europe - Mediterranean. Naturalized in Britain.
Dry sunny places in the Mediterranean[
]. Grows by the coast in Britain[
Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[
]. Succeeds in sandy soils[
]. Grows well on dry walls[
]. Tolerates maritime conditions[
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[
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[
]. A fast-growing plant[
], it makes a good edging to a plant bed[
]. 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[
A good bee and butterfly plant[
The young leaves, stems and flowers are sometimes used as a flavouring in salads and other dishes where pungency is required[
The plant is commonly used in Spain as an antiscorbutic and diuretic[
]. It is also highly esteemed there as an astringent in the treatment of gonorrhoea[
Seed - it can be sown in situ during mid to late spring and should germinate within 2 weeks[
]. 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.