Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Lepidium fremontii

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Species Name: Lepidium fremontii
Common Name: Desert Alyssum

Attractive foliage, very drought tolerant. Good with yuccas. Common plant of Joshua Tree National Park.

Plant Family: Brassicaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit:
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-deciduous
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference:
Water Requirements:
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?:
Distribution:
Natural Habitat: Rocky and sandy places in creosote bush scrub

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: A small rounded bush 1 to 2 feet high with many branching stems and narrow, glaucous green foliage. The flowers are white, very fragrant and look like giant spikes of Sweet Alyssum, the whole bush coming into blossom at one time. From the Mohave Desert. Gallon cans, 50c."
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