How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Alyssum—Alyssum spp.
Sweet alyssum—Lobularia spp.

Family Brassicaceae* (Mustard family)

Plant Identification

Alyssum spp. are small perennial plants and Lobularia spp. are short trailing annual plants.  Flowers bloom in the spring and are arranged in tight clusters.  These plants are often used in rock gardens or planting borders and attract butterflies.  Annual species tend to reseed themselves if left undisturbed.

  *Some species are invasive weeds. Other species may be better choices when planting.


Optimum conditions for growth

Alyssum and sweet alyssum do best in areas with full sun, although they can tolerate a little shade.  They require a moderate amount of watering.  They will do well in rocky soil, as long as it has good drainage. 

White blossoms of sweet alyssum
White blossoms of sweet alyssum

Pests and disorders of Alyssum and Lobularia spp.



Environmental disorders



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