sweet alyssum

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Definition of sweet alyssum 

: a widely cultivated European herb (Lobularia maritima) of the mustard family having narrow leaves and clusters of small fragrant usually white or pink flowers

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Angelica, coreopsis, cosmos, and sweet alyssum will bring lacewings to your garden. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Insects You Should Actually Want Around Your Plants," 11 May 2016 Nurseries are receiving supplies of ornamental Swiss chard, larkspurs, Iceland poppies, sweet alyssum, petunias, stocks, wallflowers, snapdragons and a host of other nice sources of color. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "What gardeners should take away from this winter’s extended cold snap," 26 Jan. 2018 Gardeners may spot sweet alyssum, passionflower and yarrow, but others probably won’t. Pete Wells, New York Times, "$250 for Dinner, Tradition Not Included, at Vespertine," 24 Oct. 2017

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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