ALYSSUM

ALYSSUM

The Alyssum genus belongs to the family of the crucifers. Alyssums are a trailing plant native to Europe and North Africa. They form thick shrubs 10-100 cm tall and are useful for flowering groundcovers and and rock gardens. The plants produce hundreds of flowers throughout spring and summer. The colour of their flowers varies from white, mauve, purple, and even to yellow. They are annual plants, which look fragile, but are very rustic in nature and able to adapt to different types of soil, as long as they are placed in full sun and watered regularly. If placed in shady areas, the plants become stringy and produce few flowers. If watered frequently and if the soil is well fertilized, they grow rapidly and are free-flowering. The well-developed plants are able to overcome brief periods of drought. Their rusticity allows them to be used in rock gardens. Diseases are rare.

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