Lobularia maritima sweet alyssum Brassicaceae ALMA*; R, ot;

  

Lobularia maritima.commons.wikipedia.org

Lobularia maritima.commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Lobularia maritima is an annual or perennial herb to 30 cm tall, branched, inconspicuously hairy, stems slender, green. 

Leaves alternate, narrow, widest above middle, larger ones 2-5 cm long, to 1 cm wide, tip pointed. 

Flowers white to pale yellow, fragrant, 0.4 cm wide, petals 4, rounded and widest at top, base narrowed (clawed), sepals 4, stamens short; ovary superior; inflorescence terminal racemes. 

Fruit round, to 0.3 cm wide, flattened, convex, with suture around margin, seeds two, one on each side; blooms and fruits May to frost. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Origin: s. Europe. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Habitat: Escaped garden plant, on open, disturbed soil, fill.