Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum

SKU: CC222
Sweet Alyssum makes an excellent cover crop for weed suppression and for attracting beneficial insects. A very large range of predatory wasp species are attracted to its tiny flowers, and will feed on caterpillars, aphids, and other pest insects while they are in the area. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

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More details about Sweet Alyssum

Lobularia maritima. Sweet Alyssum makes an excellent cover crop for weed suppression and for attracting beneficial insects. A very large range of predatory wasp species are attracted to its tiny flowers, and will feed on caterpillars, aphids, and other pest insects while they are in the area. Sow Alyssum liberally between rows of lettuce, carrots, or Brassicas to smother potential weeds and generally improve the garden ecosystem. Once it is tilled under it will release useful carbon and organic matter.

Quick Facts:

    • Suppresses weeds
    • Attracts beneficial insects
    • Adds carbon to soil
    • Smells great

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All About Sweet Alyssum

Latin

Latin
Lobularia maritima
Family: Brassicaceae

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Timing

Timing
Direct sow when a slight risk of frost still exists

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds on the surface of the soil. They should sprout in 5 to 14 days, depending on conditions.

Growing

Growing
Alyssum can be tilled under or cut and composted at the end of the season. Avoid following this cover crop with other Brassicas. Excess moisture in the soil causes Alyssum to grow very vigorously.

How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow when a slight risk of frost still exists

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds on the surface of the soil. They should sprout in 5 to 14 days, depending on conditions.

Step 3: Growing

Alyssum can be tilled under or cut and composted at the end of the season. Avoid following this cover crop with other Brassicas. Excess moisture in the soil causes Alyssum to grow very vigorously.

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