Alyssum Saxatile - Hardy Perennial
Author: John Wood
Alyssum Saxatile Described.
Alyssum Saxatile - Rock Madwort, or Golden Tuft; Nat. Ord. Cruciferæ.
This pleasing and well-known hardy, evergreen, half-woody shrub is always
a welcome flower. From its quantity of bloom all its other parts are literally
smothered. When passing large pieces of it in full blow, its fragrant honey
smell reminds one of summer clover fields.
Its golden yellow flowers are densely produced in panicles on procumbent stems,
12in. to 18in. long. The little flowers, from distinct notches in the petals,
have a different appearance from many of the order Cruciferæ, as, unless
they are well expanded, there seem to be eight instead of four petals. The leaves
are inversely ovate, lanceolate, villose, and slightly toothed.
A specimen will continue in good form during average weather for about three
weeks. It is not only seen to most advantage on rockwork, where its prostrate
stems can fall over the stones, but the dry situation is in accordance with its
requirements; still, it is not at all particular, but does well in any sunny
situation, in any soil that is not over moist or ill drained. It is easily and
quickly propagated by cuttings in early summer.
Flowering period, April and May.
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