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Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring, Summer and Winter

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

wallflower 'Bowles's Mauve'

Family

Brassicaceae


Erysimum can be annuals, biennials or woody-based perennials with narrow leaves and dense racemes of often fragrant, 4-petalled flowers

'Bowles's Mauve' is a bushy evergreen perennial to 75cm, with narrow, dark grey-green leaves and erect racemes of rich mauve flowers 2cm in width. Shortlisted for the Chelsea Plant of the Centenary for the decade 1973-1982

Other common names

  • wallflower 'Bowles' Mauve'

Synonym(s)

  • Erysimum linifolium glaucum
  • Erysimum linifolium 'Bowles' Mauve'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral or, ideally, alkaline soil; full sun is essential

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

Trim lightly after flowering to prevent plants becoming leggy

Pests

Prone to slugs, snails and flea beetles

Diseases

May be affected by a downy mildew, club root and bacterial leaf blight