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Alyssum stribrnyi

Alyssum stribrnyi
Alyssum stribrnyi
Alyssum stribrnyi

Synonym(s) Alyssum montanum var. galicicae
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7)
Flowers yellow (late spring)
Size 10-16"
Light sun
Cultural notes well drained soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Species native to southeastern Europe and western Asia. According to the information I found, it would not be quite hardy in our garden, but after one unsuccessful crop of seedlings, specimens from my second attempt have by now made it through two winters and one is going especially strong in our rock garden. Its main attraction is the foliage: tiny silvery leaves whorled around shrubby stems. In flower, it appears to be fairly typical of yellow-flowered brassicaceae, putting on a respectable mass-of-gold display in mid-late May. The photo below is of a seedling started in late winter; it was set in a hypertufa trough, and by June has developed some of its signature foliage.

Alyssum stribrnyi
Alyssum stribrnyi
Overwintered plant – a little bigger, otherwise similar to the seedlings

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 70F (71%G, 4-8d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (79%G, 5-7d)

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