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Sweet Alyssum
Lobularia maritima

Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritimaThe sweet alyssum is commonly used as a border plant or ground cover.  It will flower nearly year round, if it gets enough water.  In my yard, sweet alyssum grows well in a part where most plants don't.  I also like it because it is a favorite of the harlequin bug (which I used for lab activities at school).







Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritimaThese  flowers are small, but many crowded together.  The plants sprawl and interpenetrate each other to completely cover the ground, which helps to keep out weeds.  And the massed flowers are quite attractive.








Sweet Alyssum, Lobularia maritimaThis shows the manner in which the flowers grow at the end of the growing stem.  The older flowers behind the growing tip have set fruit.  The stem at the right with its flowers out of view, shows the fruit developing progressively going down the stem.  The lowest fruit show the thin membrane remaining after both seeds have peeled off.







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