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Definition of "alyssum" [alyssum]

  • See sweet alyssum. (noun)
  • Any of various chiefly Mediterranean weeds or ornamentals of the genus Alyssum in the mustard family, having racemes of white or yellow flowers. Also called madwort. (noun)
  • See hoary alyssum. (noun)

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Use "alyssum" in a sentence
  • "Provide a mixture of nectar and seed rich flowering plants such as alyssum, sunflower and knapweed, which will attract insects and also provide seed for birds to feed on."
  • "They take time to fill in, but shallow rooted annuals such as alyssum or impatiens can be seeded among them, reducing weeds and adding temporary color."
  • "Sow certain things for succession, such as alyssum and mignonnette; and if you can spare a bit of reserve ground, sow there small patches of many annuals, ready for emergencies."
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