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Bloom time: Late spring through autumn.
Alyssum makes a fantastic mulch between vegetables rows because it grows so quickly it will keep weeds from taking hold. It has very short, unintrusive roots, and is easy to pull out when you no longer require its services. Meanwhile, the tiny white flowers will attract beneficial insects and pollinators, and increase the chances of good fruit set for fussy vegetables like squash. Alyssum is one of the longest blooming garden flowers, as well - it only gets killed off by hard frosts in the fall.
It is incredibly easy to start Alyssum from seeds. The tiny seeds can be scattered on the surface of some potting mix indoors any time between early March and June. Just lightly press the seeds into the surface of the soil, and keep the soil moist.
Hardy Annual (HA)
Low growing mounds of white flowers give off a rich honey perfume. Alyssum is great as a living mulch and a attractor of beneficial insects in the veggie garden. It is ideal for edging and in baskets or pots. Shear plants after first flowering for a second bloom, and enjoy the flowers as late as early October. Sow in groups of 8 to 10 seeds for stronger effect. Do not cover. Germinates in 5 to 14 days. Plants grow to 10cm (4") tall, but they tend to spread. They will remain more compact when grown in full sun.
Note: Alyssum makes an outstanding cover crop or between-row crop. It will smother weeds, attract beneficial insects, and produce a considerable amount of organic matter for tilling under. For bulk sizes, please see Vegetable Seeds/Cover Crops/Alyssum.
FL2037 A (0.15g) approximately 489 seeds
FL2037 B (1g) approximately 3260 seeds
FL2037 C (5g) approximately 16300 seeds
FL2037 D (25g) approximately 81500 seeds