sweet alyssum

  1. 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

Words Nearby sweet alyssum

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How to use sweet alyssum in a sentence

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

  • Sweet-pease, sweet-williams, sweet-mignonette, and sweet-alyssum.

  • The day was warm, and the air rich with the perfume of sweet alyssum, beneath which delicate flower the whole island lay buried.

    Istar of Babylon | Margaret Horton Potter
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for sweet alyssum

sweet alyssum

  1. 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

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