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PlantFiles: Sweet Alyssum, Sweet Alison, Seaside Lobularia
Lobularia maritima 'New Carpet of Snow'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lobularia (lob-yoo-LAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: maritima (muh-RIT-tim-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: New Carpet of Snow

Synonym:Alyssum maritimum
Synonym:Alyssum odoratum
Synonym:Clypeola maritima
Synonym:Koniga maritima

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plantaholic186 On May 11, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

A sweet little plant with a nice fragrance. It will self seed, but not invasively. I bought a few plugs several years ago, and I get another patch every year.

Positive rebecca101 On Mar 12, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice, fragrant white alyssum that stays compact and blooms profusely as long as the weather is cool. It did get tall and shabby looking on me in the heat of summer, but that appears to be true of all alyssums.


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

East Porterville, California
Woodbridge, California
Winnetka, Illinois
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Silver Spring, Maryland
Nags Head, North Carolina
Cascade, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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