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sweet alyssum

a garden plant, Lobularia maritima, of the mustard family, having narrow leaves and small, white or violet flowers.
Origin of sweet alyssum
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A few pansies and a tuft of sweet alyssum smiled a welcome, though all the rest of my flowers were dead.

    Letters on an Elk Hunt Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • sweet alyssum, with red or pink geraniums, would be lovely all season.

    Gardening for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
  • I have seen snowy edgings of Candy-tuft and sweet alyssum, setting off well the vari-colored blooms of the border.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • sweet alyssum is good for this purpose and so too is mignonette.

  • Some of the annual flowers may also be used for strong color effects, as Lobelia Erinus and sweet alyssum.

  • Mignonette would make a border, or violets and sweet alyssum placed alternately.

  • Nasturtiums, too, should be planted where they are to grow, also sweet alyssum and Candytuft.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • Vivian came quickly down the garden path between the bordering beds of sweet alyssum and mignonette.

    The Crux Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Ethel wanted the border of sweet alyssum although it represented a long strip to work.

  • My border seeds, the sweet alyssum and lobelia, I had sense enough not to plant, and I sowed none of the perennials.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for sweet alyssum

sweet alyssum

a Mediterranean plant, Lobularia maritima, having clusters of small fragrant white or violet flowers, that is widely grown in gardens: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) See also alyssum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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