Lobularia maritima (L.) Desv.
sweet alyssum
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #12290)


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Distribution of Lobularia maritima
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a taproot; stems usually branched from the base, prostrate or spreading, 10-30 cm tall, greyish, hairy, the hairs pick-shaped or nearly glabrous.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, sharp-pointed, 1-4 cm long, 1-4 mm wide.
Very fragrant; flower stalks spreading, slender, 5-10 mm long; petals white or bluish-tinged, widely egg-shaped and short-clawed, 3-4 mm long; sepals 1.5-2 mm long, soon deciduous.
Silicles, broadly egg-shaped or suborbicular, 2-3.5 mm long, sharp-pointed, often sparsely hairy; beaks about 0.5 mm long; seeds wingless.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Dry waste places in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC; known only from SE Vancouver Island; introduced from Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Alyssum maritimum (L.) Lam.
Clypeola maritima L.
Koniga maritima (L.) R. Br.