Erysimum cheiri ‘Bowles’s Mauve’
Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ is an evergreen sub-shrub with narrow grey-green leaves and upright heads of mauve flowers pretty much all year round except the depths of winter
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Care & Size Guidance
Indispensable in a dry sunny border. Short-lived but easily replaced via cuttings, this is best cut back in mi-summer to give it a rest from flowering, so it can go off again until winter.
It’s quite an irony that the common name is ‘Wallflower’ because the Erysimum is anything but. Fragrant flowers adorn tall stems throughout summer, a magnet for all pollinators. The name actually comes from the tendency of the plant to take root in the interstices of bricks and stones of a wall.
Erysimum species have a long history of use in traditional medicine, ever since antiquity being used for heart conditions and other ailments. In the British isles, the plant was introduced during the Norman Conquest and gave birth to many cultivars.