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Lobularia maritima 'Violet Queen'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial or Bedding

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

Pale Purple or Dark Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

sweet alyssum 'Violet Queen'

Family

Brassicaceae


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

'Violet Queen' is a bushy annual to 25cm in height, with a profusion of sweetly scented lilac-purple or deep purple flowers in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

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

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in situ in late spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

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