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Oriental Nights Sweet Alyssum Seeds

#1072
5 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Nothing adds more delight to summer days than the gentle fragrance of sweet alyssum. A wonderful annual ground cover, alyssum blooms all growing season, withstands drought and heat, and is an ideal rock garden plant. Alyssum graces containers and planters by hanging over their edges, and to top it off, it is very easy to grow! Edible flowers have a mild, grassy/mustardy flavor; the clusters make a charming garnish to salads and desserts.
$1.99 250 mg (~500 seeds)

Botanical Name: Lobularia maritima

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Mediterranean region

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 5 and warmer; often grown as an annual as it gets leggy in its second year.

Plant Dimensions: 2"–4" tall, 6"–12" wide

Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Bloom Period: Spring to frost

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is 60°–85°F. Mild Climates: Fall sowing for winter bloom is recommended.

When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 5–15 days

Seed Depth: Press into surface

Seed Spacing: A pinch of 20–30 seeds every 6"

Thinning: Not required

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Oriental Nights Sweet Alyssum Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

I Love these Seeds

5 out of 5 stars Apr 7, 2020
I planted this variety last year and was very happy with them. They were easy to grow, covered the border of my garden well and lasted into the Fall. This variety is dwarf, which in my opinion, look neater and less leggy than the taller types. Best of all, the Oriental Nights flowers have a lovely scent and magnificent range of purple hues! I will keep planting them year after year!
Kathleen from MD

Beautiful shades of purple flowers

5 out of 5 stars Jun 27, 2021
I'm in zone 6a. I started these in trays and transplanted them out after the danger of frost. the germination rate of these are slightly worse then the white variety. It also spreads slower. But it surely grows it in to a mound of purple flowers if you give it time. Recommend it!
Qian from MI

Keeps on blooming!

5 out of 5 stars Sep 13, 2021
I'm in zone 7b and a beginning but enthusiastic gardener who researches the heck out of everything. I started a few of these and the Tiny Tim variety indoors Feb . 20th, but the seedlings looked frail and leggy (probably due to insufficient light. So I decided to direct sow them along the garden path where I intended them to grow and boy! did they germinate. Direct sowed March 23 and filled any gaps I saw with the few seedlings I had - after hardening those off - on April 18th. The seedlings started blooming first and by mid-may parts of the path that get full sun all day were blooming. By June the entire path was lined with fragrant alyssum! And they are still going strong now (Sept. 13). I read somewhere that if you cut them back regularly they will keep on blooming, so every so often I've cut back patches of them and I do think that's what's kept them going. Two minor notes: 1) despite plenty of bees and butterflies visiting my garden, they did not care for either alyssums. I am wondering if it's because some traditional pollinator flowers are over hybridized/developed and lose their pollinator attractiveness along the way (yarrow seems to have the same issues). 2) is that the Oriental Night variety is a less vigorous grower and bloomer than the Tiny Tim one, but am super happy with both. Will definitely get these again for next year and think I'll get the other varieties as well and have a fun colorful path. Do hope the other varieties will make pollinators happier.
Kat from MD
Owner Response: Hi Kat, The smaller flowers of alyssum tend to attract important, small, beneficial insects like native bees and predatory insects that eat pests rather than the European honey bee. These smaller bees almost look like flies sometimes but are a great help for pollinating too! We are glad you had such a great experience with this cultivar.

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