May. 13, 2020

pale alyssum, Alyssum alyssoides

Pale alyssum flowers, nestled among their fuzzy buds and leaves, make an interesting image - briefly. The inflorescence soon elongates into a spike with a few blooms at the top and a lot of less picturesque seed pods below. So get down on the ground and enjoy them early. This little weedy plant is mostly seen in disturbed areas or along roads and rails. Pale alyssum has been reported from every state and province except AK, AL, AZ, DE, FL, GA, HI, MS, NC, ND, NH, OK, SC, TX, LB, NS, NB, NT, NU, PA, and YT. Ives Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 5/11/11.