Alyssum maritimum


Sweet Alice

Also known as Lobularia maritimum. Fast-growing, spreading annual to 15cm high by 30cm wide. Leaves are small, grey-green and lanceolate. Round heads of tiny white flowers occur in summer-autumn.


Flowering annual suitable for cottage gardens and as a bedding plant.


Prefers full sun and a cool or temperate climate. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil, but will grow in crevices and between paving. Frost tolerant. Dead head to encourage flowers.


Propagate from seed. Self-seeds readily.


Many cultivars available in purple, pinks and white including the more popular:

'Carpet of Snow': A popular white variety.

'Easter Bonnet Violet': Deep violet coloured flowers.

'Oriental Nights': Deep purple/violet.



Plant Health

Usually pests and disease free but can be prone to root rot in poorly drained soils and leaf spot.

More info

Plant Identification, Landscape Design and Home Garden Expert courses are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see Courses on growing Annual plants are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see

More from ACS