Wonderland Deep Purple Sweet Alyssum
Lobularia maritima 'Wonderland Deep Purple'
Wonderland Deep Purple Sweet Alyssum flowers
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Height: 4 inches
Spacing: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Sweet Alyssum, Alyssum maritimum, Sweet Alison
Group/Class: Wonderland Series
Fragrant clusters of dark purple flowers bloom all summer; a vigorous, rounded, semi-trailing variety that is heat tolerant, and ideal for mixed containers and hanging baskets
Wonderland Deep Purple Sweet Alyssum is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant deep purple star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid fall. Its tiny narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Wonderland Deep Purple Sweet Alyssum is a dense herbaceous annual with a trailing habit of growth, eventually spilling over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Wonderland Deep Purple Sweet Alyssum is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Wonderland Deep Purple Sweet Alyssum will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Wonderland Deep Purple Sweet Alyssum is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in hanging baskets. Because of its trailing habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.