Growing Royal Carpet Alyssum Flower Garden Seeds
- Taxonomy: Lobularia maritima
- Other Names: Sweet Alyssum, Sweet Alison
- Seed Type: Annual
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: Royal Carpet Alyssum flowers have a wildflower-like hardiness and are most commonly broadcasted directly after the frost. For earliest blooms, begin seeds 6 – 8 weeks indoors prior to the frost. Alyssum will take 7 – 21 days to germinate in full lighting. Plants are just as popularly grown indoors as they are outdoors and may reseed in optimal climates.
- Days to Flower Maturity: 56 – 63 days
- Hardiness Zone: 3 – 9
- Seed Planting Depth: Lightly press 2 – 3 seeds without covering or broadcast directly
- Plant Spacing: 6”
- Growth Habit: dwarfed 3 – 6” tall trailing mound with a 10 – 12” spread of tiny 4-petaled blooms
- Soil Preference: Average, medium moisture, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun – Partial shade
- Diseases/Pests/Troubleshooting: Blooming may decline in consistently hot summers, but continue strong in the cooling fall. Alyssum has no serious susceptibility to any pests or diseases.
- Color: Shades of magenta, violet, and fuchsia
Royal Carpet Alyssum seeds debuted as a 1953 All-America Selections Bedding Plant Winner for its sweet fragrance and low-maintenance. Lobularia maritima, or more commonly known as Alyssum or Sweet Alyssum, is a low-growing species native to the Mediterranean and Canary Islands. Sweet Alyssum flowers are some of the most fragrant blooms available and one of the most award-winning. The genus names Lobularia is derived from the Latin word lobules which means "small pod." The specific name maritima meaning "coastal." Royal Carpet, Alyssum - Flower Seeds.