Herb: Sweet Alyssum
Latin name: Lobularia maritima
Synonyms: Alyssum maritimum, Clypeola maritima
Medicinal use of Sweet Alyssum:The plant is commonly used in Spain as an antiscorbutic and diuretic. It is also highly esteemed there as an astringent in the treatment of gonorrhoea.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Dry sunny places in the Mediterranean. Grows by the coast in Britain.
Edible parts of Sweet Alyssum:The young leaves, stems and flowers are sometimes used as a flavouring in salads and other dishes where pungency is required.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - it can be sown in situ during mid to late spring and should germinate within 2 weeks. Seedlings can be transplanted. In order to obtain an earlier display of the flowers, the seed can be sown in a greenhouse in late winter. When large enough to handle, the seedlings are pricked out into individual pots and are then planted out in late spring.
Cultivation of Sweet Alyssum:Dry sunny places in the Mediterranean. Grows by the coast in Britain.
Known hazards of Lobularia maritima:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.