Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve'

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This sun-loving trouper deserves a long service medal - the mauve flower spikes comes out with the tulips (or earlier) and are still going strong in September

Val Bourne - Garden Writer


  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: poor to moderately-fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
  • Flowering period: February to July
  • Hardiness: borderline hardy ( may need winter protection)

    This long-flowering, bushy, vigorous wallflower produces long spires of deep mauve flowers from late winter to summer (and usually into autumn), above narrow, grey-green leaves. It is a short-lived plant, but it makes a vivid display for many months in a sunny border. Try it as part of a colour-themed scheme, or contrast it with vivid yellows. It also looks good in a rock garden or raised bed.

  • Garden care: Requires little attention. Provide cloche protection where frosts are very severe or prolonged.

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CrocusErysimum 'Bowles's Mauve'
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (12)
  • Healthy (9)
  • Hardy (7)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Fragrant (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Garden (10)
  • Patio (4)

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5.0

All time favourite plant

By Mog3110

from Lancashire

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  • Hardy
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      Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

      Have bought several erysimums over the years as we simply love them. As described, it is a short-lived plant but with regular deadheading easily lasts two or three years. They look spectacular, are possibly one of the most pest and disease proof plants and whenever one has come to the end of its lifespan we have replaced it with more of the same. Gorgeous :-)

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      5.0

      Really hardy.

      By Dogman

      from South Shields

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      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

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        • Garden
        • Outdoors
        • Patio

        Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

        These plants are in leaf all year round. The leaves are are an unusual shade of gray-green. All summer into October/November the shrub puts out flower spikes which increase its heir by another 12 inches. Theses spikes are smothered in bright mauvish flowers. It grows almost anywhere in any type of soil, although it ilooks best glowing in full sun. Does well in large pots.

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        3.0

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        By PH

        from London

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          Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

          Grown to bushy but never prolific in flowering

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          5.0

          Lovely Plant

          By NotSoLoud

          from North West

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          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Nneeds Space
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            Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

            This plant attracts Butterflies which is lovely and the reason I bought it.

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            4.0

            Great flowerer

            By Daisymay

            from Dorset

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            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
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              Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

              Flowers on and off nearly all year. Mixes well with other border plants. I would say the colour is more pink than mauve. Can get a bit leggy, but can be trimmed back lightly and mine have lasted a few years.

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              5.0

              I would recommend this plant

              By RosieJoy

              from Surrey

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                  Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

                  I always have at least 2 of these in my garden at a time. They need very little maintenance, only occasional tidy ups, and flower endlessly. Another plant loved by the bees and butterflies.

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                  5.0

                  I would recommend this plant.

                  By Wallflower

                  from Lincolnshire

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                  • Attractive
                  • Fragrant
                  • Healthy

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                    Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

                    Nice early flower. Flower and stem both very atttractive and flowers for long period. Likes well drained sunny position. Don't leave pruning to late or cut back to hard.
                    Easy to take backup cuttings from prunings.

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                    5.0

                    Healthy happy plant

                    By D allen

                    from Peckham

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                    • Attractive
                    • Hardy
                    • Versatile

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                      • Garden
                      • Patio

                      Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

                      Bought this to replace one that had just died after 7 years, they grow so quick and if you're lucky will continually flower looking great all year round.

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                      4.0

                      Fabulous when it feels like it !

                      By Isabel

                      from Wiltshire

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                      • Attractive
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                        Comments about Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

                        Unbeatable when it decides it is having a good year. It will flower from early Spring until December and it can look amazing. Unfortunately, in some years it just decides not to bother.
                        Definitely worth the risk.

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                        5.0

                        Best plant ever - long flowering gorgeous butterfly magnets

                        By Tish

                        from Cambridge

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

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                          • Garden
                          • Patio

                          Comments about Crocus Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve':

                          Lovely plants, superbly packaged, arrived in perfect condition and so well wrapped they were nice and damp still after waiting ages for me to arrive home. Bravo Crocus! These wallflowers have the most amazing flowering performance and are butterfly and bee magnets. I've seen mine flower almost the whole year, from feb to december, prolifically in spring and summer, despite my total neglect, and growing from the most unpromising dry position under a pyracanthus in a tiny bed between a wall and patio! It has repeated this performance for several years despite frosty winters. I have chalky soil which I hear they like, and they do love sun - another specimen in a less sunny spot did not make it past year1. So, I ordered 3 more to try to repeat the miracle in other spots. I am going to try one in a patio container and hope it likes it.

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                          • Q:

                            I bought three Bowles Mauve last summer and they never stopped flowering! They have flowered throughout the winter and are still in flower now it's April. However, they are now getting woody and leggy (although still flowering) and looking a bit untidy. Should I have pruned them at some point? If so, is it too late now?
                            Asked on 11/4/2016 by lovemygarden from Banburyshire

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                              A:

                              Hello,

                              These are incredibly long-flowering, however this tends to mean that they are reasonably short-lived. Therefore I tend to replace mine after they have become woody every couple of years. If you do want to prolong their life as long as possible, you can cut back the flowered stems to a new side shoot in mid- to late summer (if you can bear to cut the flowers off!).

                              Answered on 12/4/2016 by Helen from crocus
                          • Q:

                            Hello,will this lovely plant be ok in a tub filled with compost? Many thanks.
                            Asked on 13/2/2016 by Flower crazy. from Cheshire

                            1 answer

                            • Plant Doctor

                              A:

                              Hello there
                              Yes this long flowering wallflower will grow well in a pot.
                              Hope this helps

                              Answered on 15/2/2016 by Anonymous from crocus
                          • Q:

                            My lovely Bowles Mauve has flowered continuously from the moment it arrived in the early spring until now - I am deadheading of course, but even so, it's remarkable. Talk about value for money! My question is: I understand this is a biennial, so how can I tell if it's in its first or second year? If it's the second, at what point should I dig it up to replace?
                            Asked on 2/9/2015 by Marchioness from Ramsgate

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                            • Plant Doctor

                              A:

                              Hello there
                              They are great plants but they can last longer than 2 years. I can't say how old the plants you received were as we would have had various batches. Really it is when the plants start to get woody, then that is when I would replace them.
                              Hope this helps

                              Answered on 4/9/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
                          • Q:

                            I have one in a pot and it appears to be dying. I was told it could be due to all the rain, but I'm wondering if I should be feeding it ericaceous food and not general plant food?
                            Asked on 7/6/2015 by LeaSuchet from North Shields

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                          • Q:

                            Hi, I have Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve' in my garden and am wondering if it is O.K. to trim it and would this be a good time to do so.
                            Asked on 5/2/2015 by JCO from Liverpool

                            1 answer

                            • Plant Doctor

                              A:

                              Hello there
                              I wouldn't trim it now. If needed you can lightly trim them after flowering to stop them getting leggy.
                              Hope this helps.

                              Answered on 6/2/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
                          • Q:

                            Hi,

                            When is the best time to plant this? I was thinking of doing it in the next few weeks if it's the right time.

                            Thanks Nicola
                            Asked on 29/9/2013 by Stick from Cobham

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                            • Plant Doctor

                              A:

                              Hello there
                              As a general rule plants that are grown in containers can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil isn't frozen solid. The best times are in the autumn when the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth but the plant isn't in active growth, so Erysimum is fine to plant now or in the spring. One note of caution, this plant is classed as borderline hardy, so may need winter protection.
                              Hope this helps

                              Answered on 30/9/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
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