Sweet Alison - Lobularia maritima

Alternative names

Short spreading plant, with pointed untoothed leaves. Flowers white, 5 to 6 mm, sweetly scented, petals not notched, in dense clusters at first, but elongating in fruit.

Identification difficulty

Rocky and sandy places, waste ground usually as an escape from cultivation, and often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers June to September.

Life History


UK Status

A widespread casual escape from cultivation in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional as a casual escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 18 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map