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Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix (Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.1m
Max height
0.15m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix

Other names

Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix

Genus

Lobularia Lobularia

Variety or Cultivar

Easter Basket Mix _ Easter Basket Mix is a commercial seed mix of compact, mat-forming annuals or short-lived perennials with linear, grey-green leaves and, from summer to first frost, tiny, fragrant flowers in shades of lavender and white.


Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Softly-scented blossoms.

Habit

Mat Forming

Flower

Lavender, White in Summer; Lavender, White in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Flea beetles Aphids , Flea beetles

Downy mildew , White blister Downy mildew , White blister

General care

Pruning

Trim lightly To encourage further flowering. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix (Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.15m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil that is poor or moderately fertile. It should be in a sheltered position in full sun. Suitable for edging.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix

Other names

Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix

Genus

Lobularia Lobularia

Variety or Cultivar

Easter Basket Mix _ Easter Basket Mix is a commercial seed mix of compact, mat-forming annuals or short-lived perennials with linear, grey-green leaves and, from summer to first frost, tiny, fragrant flowers in shades of lavender and white.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Softly-scented blossoms.

Habit

Mat Forming


Colour

Flower

Lavender, White in Summer; Lavender, White in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Flea beetles

Specific diseases

Downy mildew , White blister

General care

Pruning

Trim lightly To encourage further flowering. Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix (Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.15m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Banks and Slopes, Beds and borders, Coastal, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Rock

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free-draining soil that is poor or moderately fertile. It should be in a sheltered position in full sun. Suitable for edging.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix (Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix (Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Lobularia maritima Easter Basket Mix (Sweet alyssum Easter Basket Mix)

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

The UK has a protected zone in place for this pest which helps to mitigate the risk of entry and establishment. An EFSA opinion is currently being discussed at the EU Annexes Working Group which recommends further strengthening of the regulation.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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