alys·​sum | \ ə-ˈli-səm How to pronounce alyssum (audio) \

Definition of alyssum

1 : any of a genus (Alyssum) of Eurasian herbs of the mustard family with small usually yellow racemose flowers

called also madwort

Examples of alyssum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Consider snapdragons, stocks, dianthus, ornamental kale, alyssum, sweet peas and calendula. Calvin Finch,, "You have mulch and compost questions; we have answers," 3 Oct. 2019 For cool-season color, sow and plant alyssum, bachelor’s button, calendula, coreopsis, delphinium, hollyhock, and poppy. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 To replace them as a source of nectar for winter flying butterflies, plant dianthus, stock, calendula and alyssum. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to seriously prepare your plants for the next San Antonio freeze," 21 Nov. 2019 For color in the sun, plant pansies, calendula, stocks, dianthus and alyssum. Calvin Finch,, "The best trees and shrubs to feed, shelter birds in San Antonio gardens," 12 Dec. 2019 Consider snapdragons, petunias, stocks, dianthus, calendula, alyssum and ornamental kale. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to plant cool-weather annuals in your San Antonio garden," 17 Oct. 2019 Cool weather annual flowers such as snapdragons, stocks, dianthus, alyssum and calendula can be planted as transplants in September. Calvin Finch,, "Now is the time to spread wildflower seed in your San Antonio garden," 6 Sep. 2019 Their favorites include wild milkweed, alyssum, buckwheat, sunflowers and two herbs, dill and cilantro, which should be allowed to flower. Los Angeles Times, "Pollinators & predators in your garden: How to save one, kill the other," 17 July 2019 One evening the Crums came to the bar, bearing a bouquet of rosemary, thyme and alyssum. Anne Brockhoff, kansascity, "Is your cocktail in season? Bartenders letting gardens dictate what's in your glass," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of alyssum

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alyssum

New Latin, from Greek alysson, plant believed to cure rabies, from neuter of alyssos curing rabies, from a- + lyssa rabies

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“Alyssum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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