Snow Crystals Sweet Alyssum Seeds (P) Pkt of 100 seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #00068-PK-P1


Classic award-winning fragrance, color, and vigor

Fleuroselect Gold Medal Winner 1988

It's hard for us now to look back and realize what an improvement Snow Crystals was over all other Sweet Alyssum varieties when it arrived on the scene in 1988. Until Snow Crystals, Sweet Alyssum was a rather delicate annual, nicely fragrant and everything but short-blooming and subject to fall apart a bit when faced with rough wind or high heat. You grew it in a container with the full expectation that it would bloom for a few weeks and then you'd replace it, around about July, with something tougher for the high heat and humidity of the dog days.

Then Snow Crystals changed everything. It was the first tetraploid Sweet Alyssum, which means that it has twice the chromosomes of older (diploid) varieties. Twice the chromosomes means LOTS more vigor, as well as specific improvements such as much greater heat and wind tolerance, larger flower size, and longer staying power. Suddenly you could create edging or even groundcover with Sweet Alyssum, because Snow Crystals all reach the same size, bloom at the same time, and stay put in all their glory for months, not weeks.

Snow Crystals was immediately awarded the Fleuroselect Gold Medal (an honor not often bestowed), and it has never been improved upon. How could it be, really? These -inch white blooms are so profuse that they form a neat canopy of color over the fresh green foliage. Their scent is ultra-sweet and pleasing, and lasts all season. They open in early summer and continue through the season everywhere, and often into autumn. And they form neat plants, just a few inches high when not in bloom but reaching up to 10 inches in flower, with a width of 8 to 10 inches too. Great in containers, beds, along the driveway, in street plantings, edging the foundation, and just about everywhere they can get full sunshine, they're trouble-free and so dependable.

Sweet Alyssum (also called Sweet Alison) is a great coastal planting, too. It loves the salt spray and doesn't mind sandier soils. It grow's readily from seed, and can be transplanted as soon as the soil has warmed and the nights are free of frost in spring. Every garden and patio container deserves this sweet-scented, pretty, pert little plant. Make Snow Crystals a central feature of your sunny spaces this season.


Skip Product Specs
Genus 2 Lobularia
Species maritima
Variety Snow Crystals
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Early Fall
Habit Mound-shaped
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 4 in - 10 in
Plant Width 8 in - 10 in
Bloom Size .25 in

Product Review Summary

Based on 4 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

April 10, 2020

love the smell!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I start them indoors and they germinate well, I transplanted them against a west facing foundation, a very hot, sunny spot.. they petered out during the hottest part of summer but came back when it started cooling down a bit.Will put them somewhere else this year. They've been great in the past in not such a hot area.I'm still a fan, just wrong placement last year.

van from CT
December 13, 2016

Solid performer, lovely fragrance

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I chose this to attract beneficial insects, enjoy fragrance, and bloom continuously. My experience. Fragrance like honey, fast growing, reseeds, rebloom after deadheading, heat tolerant. Lovely plant and my coworkers want it now too!

Ryan from NJ
July 14, 2016

Very good germination but slow grower

This shopper rated the product 3 out of 5 stars

I started these seeds indoors in early April and since transplanting the seedlings in early June they've grown very little in spite of regular watering and fertilizing. Some of the seedlings have started blooming but the plants are so small that the flowers are not showy at all. I grew Alyssum from plants purchased at a garden center last year and they were very fast growers becoming good-sized bushy plants loaded with flowers until frost killed them. These seedlings started from seed are a poor comparison to last year's plants. I'm hoping these seedlings start to take off but here it is mid-July and so far they've been a disappointment.

Bird Lover from IL
January 28, 2013

Great variety

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

All orders arrive when expected. All are packaged well. I love their offers. I am always challenged to try new vegetables and new flowers. The descriptions on their internet site are thorough and very useful. Since I live in the humid desert next to the Sea of Cortez, I'm always happy to learn whether something will do well in this environment. I have been a customer for at least 30 years and have never ever had a problem or been disappointed.


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