Alyssum is a constant companion to gardeners worldwide and a cheerful specimen that offers the florist or botanist a wide variety of colors.
It is an ancient plant whose original medicinal function has become obsolete. The genus Alyssum includes up to 200 different species. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family, which also includes cruciferous vegetables and mustard.
Alyssum is a rather large plant genus, so it doesn’t originate anywhere. Its members are spread across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Alyssum has a creeping habit, with plants reaching 4 to 6 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide, with branches up to 24 inches long.
Its flowers appear in a wide range of colors in early Summer. These include pink and red, yellow, orange, purple, and white.
Alyssum smells good. Some people liken it to the smell of honey. All in all, Alyssum can be your best friend if you want a quieter life. It is also an impressive addition to bouquets for almost any occasion.