Alyssum



any of various plants belonging to the genus Alyssum, of the mustard family, having clusters of small yellow or white flowers.
any of several related plants of the genus Aurinia, as A. saxatilis, a widely cultivated species with yellow flowers.
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Historical Examples

The bouvardias were quite spoiled; but the mignonette and alyssum were unharmed.
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Amanda Minnie Douglas

And yours, alyssum, the one we call Pepper-grass, because he is so fiery?’
A Little Garden Calendar for Boys and Girls Albert Bigelow Paine

The hill slopes were a garden of calceolarias, alyssum, tiny wild geraniums, and other flowers unknown to me.
At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters

Well, I would get in my sweet peas and risk my pansies and alyssum, anyhow.
The Jonathan Papers Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris

alyssum, white, dwarf for borders; six inches; blooms all summer if not allowed to go to seed.
A Woman’s Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely

The alyssum and candytuft came out, and the house was sweet with tuberoses.
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Amanda Minnie Douglas

Free–growing spring–flowers like Aubrietia, alyssum, and Iberis, may be multiplied to any extent by division or cuttings.
The Wild Garden William Robinson

The older plants of alyssum are nearly worn out, but there are plenty of promising young seedlings in the lower joints.
Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll

Arabis alpina ; Aubrietia purpurea ; alyssum saxatile : all three very easy to grow, and very common.
Every Boy’s Book: A Complete Encyclopdia of Sports and Amusements Various

The wind had died quite away, and a scent of alyssum filled the air.
With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia One of its Officer

noun
any widely cultivated herbaceous garden plant of the genus Alyssum, having clusters of small yellow or white flowers: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) See also sweet alyssum, alison
n.

genus name for plants of the mustard family, 1550s, from Latin alysson, from Greek alysson, which is perhaps the neuter of adjective alyssos “curing madness,” from privative prefix a- + lyssa “madness, rage, fury.”

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