Dwarf Purple

Dwarf Purple

SKU: FL3838
Sow Dwarf Purple Alyssum seeds around the edge of veggie beds to improve pollination, or sprinkle them between cracks and paving stones to fill in with a moss-like appearance, followed by scores of tiny purple flowers. Read More

Exposure Full-sun or partial shade

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More details about Dwarf Purple

Lobularia maritima 'Royal Carpet.' Grow for a low-growing carpet of lovely, mauve, scented flowers that stays only 5-10cm (2-4") tall. Sow Dwarf Purple Alyssum seeds around the edge of veggie beds to improve pollination, or sprinkle them between cracks and paving stones to fill in with a moss-like appearance, followed by scores of tiny purple flowers. This Alyssum works well in containers and window boxes. It has a spreading habit, so is useful as a plant to fill in spaces between others. It is attractive to both pollinators and beneficial insects, making it generally useful to have in the garden.

Annual.

Quick Facts:

    • Tender perennial
    • Grown as an annual
    • Short and compact
    • 5-10cm (2-4") tall
    • Spreading habit
    • Attracts pollinators

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All About Dwarf Purple

Latin

Latin
Lobularia maritima
Family: Brassicaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun or partial shade.

Timing

Timing
Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Or, direct sow while some danger of light frost still exists. It’s very easy, either way.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds on the surface of the soil. If starting indoors, use a sterilized seed starting mix and maintain a soil temperature of 12-21°F (55-70°F) under bright lights. The seeds require light to germinate, so do not cover them. They should sprout in 5-14 days.

Growing

Growing
Transplant 20-30cm (8-12″) apart once all risk of frost has passed. Watch for slug damage in the early spring. Alyssum prefers freely draining, loamy soil with a pH in the 6.0-7.0 range, but it’s adaptable. It is tolerant of dry soil and hot weather, and can be used for xeriscaping. If watering is abundant, Alyssum responds by growing rapidly. If growth slows in mid-summer due to heat, shear plants back by half to encourage compact growth and a second bloom. This annual may self sow.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
Alyssum is very attractive to pollinators and other beneficial insects, and useful as a mulch to keep weeds down between rows.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Alyssum

Step 1: Timing

Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. Transplant out after all danger of frost has passed. Or, direct sow while some danger of light frost still exists. It’s very easy, either way.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds on the surface of the soil. If starting indoors, use a sterilized seed starting mix and maintain a soil temperature of 12-21°F (55-70°F) under bright lights. The seeds require light to germinate, so do not cover them. They should sprout in 5-14 days.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-7.0.

Transplant 20-30cm (8-12″) apart once all risk of frost has passed. Alyssum prefers freely draining, loamy soil. It is tolerant of dry soil and hot weather, and can be used for xeriscaping. If watering is abundant, Alyssum responds by growing rapidly. If growth slows in mid-summer due to heat, shear plants back by half to encourage compact growth and a second bloom. This annual may self sow.

Tips!

Disease & Pests: Watch for slug damage in the early spring.

Companion Planting: Alyssum is very attractive to pollinators and other beneficial insects, and useful as a mulch to keep weeds down between rows.

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