Mission Statement

My goal with mande plants is to teach about medicinal and edible plants, show how to grow these plants, where to find these plants, and how to use these plants. There are many useful botanicals in our world. I will growing seasonal crops and perennial edibles using organic methods as best as possible. One of my long term goals is to grow a temperate food forest garden. As I grow new plants and harvest them I will be sharing photos and details on this blog. All photos on this blog are taken by me. If you like this blog and you would like to help me further my research you can use the paypal donate button on the right. All donations will be used to buy tools, plants, seeds, and pay for expenses needed to develop gardens.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sweet Alyssum

 Sweet Alyssum or Lobularia maritima is a member of the mustard family.  Like other brassicas Sweet Alyssum's leaves and flowers are edible with a typical pungent flavor.

This plant is an annual that self seeds very readily.  It can be used in companion planting to attract hoverflies, whose larva eats aphids.  Bees are attracted to the sweet aroma of Alyssum.

1 comment:

  1. Nice share about it attracting hoverflies, which eat aphids! Good gardening tip there:) I can attest to my bees loving Alyssum!