Lobularia maritima

Lobularia maritima_Sweet_alyssum_by Pharoah Hound
Photo by Pharoah Hound, via Wikimedia Commons

Synonyms: Alyssum maritimum, A. odoratum, Clypeola maritima, Koniga m.

Common names: sweet alyssum; sweet alison; seaside alyssum; seaside lobularia

Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum) is a perennial (family Brassicaceae) found along the coast of California and in the San Francisco Bay area. Sweet alyssum is a common ornamental plant that has escaped cultivation and invaded disturbed coastal dunes, scrub, bluffs, prairies and riparian areas. It has a long flowering season, and appears to have the ability to rapidly colonize suitable habitats. This Mediterranean native may crowd out native plants in some habitats.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

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Other Lobularia maritima Information

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  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.