(Lobularia maritima ‘Royal Carpet’)
Variety: Royal Carpet Sweet Alyssum
Also Known As: Sweet Alyssum, Sweet Alice, Sweet Alison, Seaside Lobularia.
Native to: Algeria, Baleares, Corse, Egypt, France, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Sinai, Spain, Tunisia, Yugoslavia.
Introduced into: Alabama, Albania, Altay, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Austria, Azores, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, British Columbia, California, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Central European Rus, Chile Central, Chile North, Chile South, China North-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Florida, Georgia, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Haiti, Hungary, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ireland, Korea, Kriti, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Louisiana, Madeira, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Northwest, Michigan, Mississippi, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, Norfolk Is., North Carolina, North Caucasus, Northern Provinces, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Pennsylvania, Peru, Poland, Queensland, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, South Australia, South Carolina, Sweden, Taiwan, Tasmania, Texas, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Uruguay, Utah, Vermont, Victoria, Washington, Western Australia, Xinjiang.
Grown as: Annual/Tender Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): April to June
Hardiness: Tender. Annual that dies off in the winter and reseeds for the following year.
Light: Plants prefer full sun but will tolerate light shade in warmer areas.
Water: Dry to medium.
Soil Moisture: Medium moisture, well-drained.
Suitability: Drought, Dry Soil.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Bees, Butterflies, Hoverflies, and Predatory Wasps.
Containers?: Yes. This plant can be used in containers and hanging baskets.
Sow Depth: On soil surface
USDA Zone: 1-12
Produces: spreading mounds of well-branched stems full of tiny, purple, 4 petaled flowers that smell like warm honey on a cold day!
Garden Uses: Mass in border fronts or rock gardens. Underplanting. Edging and bedding. Mixed containers.
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