Alyssum L.


Greek a — not, lyssa — rage; reputed to allay anger.

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, occasionally shrubby. Leaves generally greyish from covering of star-shaped hairs. Leaves alternate, entire. Flowers mostly yellow; sepals and petals 4. Fruit a silicula.

A rarely cultivated genus in the region: species occasionally listed include A. moel­lendorfianum G. Beck from Yugoslavia, low growing and with silver foliage; and A. murale Waldst. & Kit., Yellow Tuft, from E Europe that grows to about 50 cm tall [A. argenteum All.].

The widely grown A. saxatile is now placed in the genus Aurinia and A. maritimum in Lobularia maritima.

Seed, cuttings or root division.

Stem leaves of similar size to those at the base; fruit a silicula with mostly 2 seeds per chamber.

About 160 species from Eurasia with a concentration of species in Turkey.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Brassicaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Brassicales
family       Brassicaceae