Alyssum

(classical name). Orucifernz. Low plants, mostly perennials and used for rockwork. The Sweet Alyssum is one of the commonest annuals, grown both in the open and forced in benches, beds or pots. It is of the easi est culture, either in doors or out. The com pact vars. are most prized for pot-culture. Under glass, requires temperature of a car nation house. It will stand considerable frost in the open, and may be sown early; if blooms all summer, and until killed by winter. Useful for window gardens and bas kets. For winter bloom, sow seeds late in Aug. or in Sept. When blooms begin to fail, cut back the plant, and it will bloom again. The perennial species are usually prop. by dividing the roots ; also by cuttings and seeds. 4. Fls. white. maritimum, Dam. (A. odordlum, Hort. ). SWEET ALY5 sml. Fig. 74. A low, spreading, light green annual, with lnnceolate or linear entire lvs., tapering to the base, and small honey-scented fls. in terminal clusters, which be come long racemes. En. Many cult. vars.: Bénthami or compaotum, a dwarf and compact form, not over 6 in. high ; variegatum, with pale white-edged lvs.; gigan teum. robust, broad-Ivd.; procambens, of spreading habit; and various horticultural forms with trade names. lpinolum, Linn. A woody-stemmed little perennial, with lanceolate acute silvery lvs., spiny fl. branches, and very small numerous fls. Eu. Rockwork; 3-6 in. 74. Sweet alysuurn (X }i). AA. Fls.yelIou: .' perennials. B. Lvs. % in. or less long. serpyllilolium, Desf. (A. alpésire, Linn.’l). Dwarf (3-1 in. high), somewhat woody at the base. with rough hoary lvs., and pale yellow fls. in racemes. Eu. Int.l892. BB. Lvs. 1 in. or more long. ls-Xatile, Linn. GOLDEN-TUFT. A foot high, woody at base : lvs. oblanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, entire or wavy, hoary-tomentose : fls. golden yellow, numerous, in little compact clusters. Eu. B.M. 159. A.F. 5: 37. —Common in rockwork, making a spreading mat, bloom ing in early spring. There is a dwarf var. (compdclumy, and a pretty variegated variety sold as A. 1-uriegdlmn. Gemonénse, Linn. Less hardy than the last: lvs. lan ceolate, velvety: fls. lemon-yellow: st. usually more woody at base. Eu. mm-amm, Stev. (A. Wiérzbickii, Heuif.). About 20 in.: lvs. 2 in. long, broad-oblong, pointed, hairy: fls. deep yellow, in dense heads, in summer. Asia Minor. argénteum, Vitm. Dwarf and dense grower, 15 in. or less: lvs. oblong-spatulate, silvery beneath: fls. yellow in clustered heads, all summer. Eu. L H_ B_