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Lobularia maritima 'Snowdrift'
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sweet alyssum 'Snowdrift'

'Snowdrift' is a spreading annual to 15cm in height, with pure white, very fragrant flowers in rounded heads, in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring
Summer White Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Brassicaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Lobularia can be annuals or perennials, of low spreading habit, with simple leaves and short terminal racemes of 4-petalled, fragrant flowers in summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Clip over after flowering to encourage further blooms

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in situ in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Slugs and flea beetles may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a downy mildew, club root and white blister

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