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PlantFiles: Sweet Alyssum
Alyssum maritima var. procumbens 'Apricot Shades'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alyssum (al-ISS-um) (Info)
Species: maritima var. procumbens
Cultivar: Apricot Shades

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


1 positive
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pussyfoot2 On Oct 9, 2014, pussyfoot2 from Cottonwood Heights, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

At first, I felt the same way about this beautiful little plant as the previous person did. So I dug it out of my garden. It really doesn't look good next to the other allysums. Not wanting to throw the plant away, I looked around to find it a new home. Blooming in another garden, I had a purple clematis, a cupcake rose in shades of coral, and several lavender chrysanthemus with some lime green sedum as ground cover. Adding these these little babies was just perfect. Their warm colors seemed to glow like little gems; playing off the other plants, and made the rose bush shine even better.

Negative dicentra63 On Jun 29, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

I was hoping for a peachy little edging plant, but instead got small, dusty-looking specimens. Didn't look very good.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ogden, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

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