Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima 'Easter Bonnet Violet'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
sweet alyssum 'Easter Bonnet Violet'


The Easter Bonnet Violet, known for its vibrant coloration, is a flowering plant characterized by its clusters of small, violet flowers that exhibit a subtle, sweet fragrance. Its blossoms are dense, creating a frothy appearance that can add an intense splash of purple to any garden setting. The leaves of the Easter Bonnet Violet are green, typically narrow in shape, and provide a delicate backdrop to the profusion of flowers that blanket the plant throughout its blooming period. The overall impression this plant gives is one of a lush and colorful groundcover, with a soft texture that is inviting to both the eyes and the nose.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sweet Alyssum, Sweet Alison, Seaside Lobularia

    • Common names

      Alyssum maritimum, Lobularia maritima, Koniga maritima.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Sweet Alyssum is not considered toxic to humans. Ingesting this plant typically does not lead to poisoning or adverse symptoms. However, it is always advisable to avoid consuming plants not meant for human consumption, as individual reactions can vary.

    • To pets

      Sweet Alyssum is not known to be toxic to pets. It is generally considered safe for dogs and cats, and ingestion should not lead to poisoning. Nevertheless, it is always recommended to monitor pets around plants and discourage them from chewing on any plant material to prevent potential gastrointestinal upset or an unexpected allergic reaction.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Flowers: Produces delicate violet flowers that enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Extended Blooming: Offers a long flowering season, typically from spring to fall, providing continuous color.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it an easy choice for gardeners of all levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: Can withstand periods of dryness once established, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Ground Cover: Grows as a compact mat, effectively covering the ground and suppressing weeds.
    • Edging Plant: Its short stature and spreading habit make it suitable for use as a border or edging plant.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Attracts butterflies and bees, promoting pollination in the garden.
    • Heat Resistance: Tolerates high temperatures, making it an ideal choice for warm climates.
    • Fragrance: The flowers exude a sweet fragrance, adding a scent-sory dimension to the garden space.
    • Versatility: Suitable for containers, hanging baskets, and window boxes, offering flexibility in garden design.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Alyssum 'Easter Bonnet Violet' can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, imparting a soft violet hue derived from its flowers.
    • In photography, alyssum often serves as a subject in macro photography due to its intricate and dense clusters of small flowers, which can create stunning, detailed images.
    • Alyssum is utilized in sensory gardens for its pleasant honey-like fragrance, which can add an olfactory dimension to a garden experience.
    • As an educational tool, alyssum can help teach children about plant growth and pollination due to its attractiveness to bees and butterflies.
    • It's used in culinary presentations as an edible garnish, though it’s more decorative than flavorful.
    • Alyssum can be part of a natural pest control strategy in vegetable gardens by attracting predatory insects that feed on common pests.
    • In artistic craftwork, dried alyssum flowers can be incorporated into potpourri mixes or used to embellish wreaths and dried floral arrangements.
    • The plant-pressed alyssum flowers can be used in scrapbooking and paper making for decoration and texture.
    • Alyssum is suitable for use in miniature gardens or fairy gardens due to its low-growing habit and dense flowering, which can mimic a miniature landscape.
    • Enthusiasts of model railroading or diorama making use alyssum to represent flowering fields or landscaped areas in miniature scenes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Sweet Alyssum is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Sweet Alyssum is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Innocence: The delicate flowers of Sweet Alyssum, often white or pale violet, embody an aura of purity and innocence.
    • Protection: Traditional lore suggests that Sweet Alyssum protects from negative energies and is believed to offer safety to those in its presence.
    • Beauty amid Adversity: Despite its preference for coastal areas that can be harsh, Sweet Alyssum represents finding beauty in challenging conditions.
    • Calming Presence: Sweet Alyssum is associated with calmness due to its soothing fragrance and is used in gardens to create a tranquil space.
    • Carpet of Snow: The dense clusters of Sweet Alyssum flowers symbolize a snow-covered ground, representing a blanket of coverage or transformation.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Sweet Alyssum prefers consistent moisture but does not like to be waterlogged. During the growing season, water thoroughly once a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. In hotter, drier periods, water Sweet Alyssum twice weekly, providing approximately 1 inch of water each time, or about half a gallon per square foot. Avoid overhead watering to prevent mildew and other fungal diseases; instead, water at the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    Sweet Alyssum thrives in full sun to partial shade. It performs best when it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. If grown in too much shade, the plant may become leggy and produce fewer flowers. An ideal spot would be where the plant gets ample morning sun and some light afternoon shade, especially in hotter climates.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Sweet Alyssum is a hardy plant that can survive in a range of temperatures. The ideal temperatures for Sweet Alyssum are between 55°F and 75°F. It can tolerate temperatures down to 40°F but does not perform well in extreme heat over 85°F. Sweet Alyssum is often treated as an annual in regions where winter temperatures drop below freezing.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Sweet Alyssum to encourage bushier growth and to promote continuous blooming. Pinch back the tips after the first flush of flowers has subsided, which is usually in late spring or early summer. Regular trimming every few weeks can help maintain the shape and vigor of the plant, especially during the growing season. The best time for pruning is after a wave of flowering has finished.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Sweet Alyssum thrives in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. A mixture of two parts potting soil, one part perlite or sand, and one part compost or well-rotted manure is optimal. The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral, with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Sweet Alyssum is an annual, so it typically doesn't need repotting. Sow seeds or plant seedlings annually and replace with fresh plants each spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Sweet Alyssum tolerates a wide range of humidity conditions and does well in the average moisture levels found outdoors. It doesn't require any special humidity adjustments when grown in its preferred environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Use well-drained soil, bright indirect light, and water when topsoil dries.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade, in well-drained soil, and space 6-9 inches apart.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Lobularia maritima 'Easter Bonnet Violet', commonly known as Sweet Alyssum, begins its life as a seed that germinates in the spring or early summer when soil temperatures reach around 15-20°C (59-68°F). After sprouting, the seedling develops a rosette of leaves at the soil level, and as it matures, it forms a dense, low-growing mat of foliage. The plant swiftly enters the flowering stage, producing small, fragrant violet flowers which are attractive to pollinators and can bloom continuously under favorable conditions. After pollination, the plant sets seed in small pods that, once dry, burst open to release seeds for future growth cycles. Sweet Alyssum can behave as an annual, completing its life cycle within one growing season, or as a perennial in warmer climates, where it can survive for multiple seasons by experiencing dormancy during colder temperatures. If not managed, it may self-seed prolifically, creating new plants in following growing seasons without any human intervention.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Sweet Alyssum, specifically the 'Easter Bonnet Violet' variation, is often propagated by seeds. The ideal time to sow sweet alyssum seeds is in the spring after the last frost has passed, ensuring a warm soil temperature that encourages germination. To propagate sweet alyssum, scatter the seeds directly onto the surface of the soil where you wish the plants to grow. Since light aids the germination of these seeds, they should not be covered with soil, but you may gently press them into the earth to ensure they make good contact. Keep the area moist but not waterlogged. Germination typically takes between 7 to 14 days. Once seedlings have a few true leaves and are strong enough, they can be thinned out to 6 to 8 inches apart to allow for proper growth and air circulation.