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Erysimum "Bowles Mauve"

March 30, 2010 13:47


Erysimum "Bowles Mauve"

Most of us are aware of the annual wallflowers which we buy as bare root plants in autumn. But not everyone is aware of their perennial cousins. Perennial wallfowers, also known as Erysimums are hardy (to zone 3) evergreen perennials growing to about three feet (1m) high and three feet (1m) across.

Bowles Mauve has scented deep purple flowers borne above the plants in early to late spring. Other varieties are usually shades of orange and yellow. One particularly interesting variety is "Pastel Patchwork" with both pale orange and pink flowers on the same head. Erysimums are good for attracting early wildlife into a garden, attracting lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies. The long and thin and usually dark green with a greyer underside, but can turn slightly purplish in cold weather.

They like to grow in poor soil which is well drained and slightly alkaline. Give them a sunny sight for the best results.

Care is easy, just prune back lightly after flowering to remove dead heads and tidy the bushes up.

Photo by nautical2k


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