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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5.0

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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

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Patio

    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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    5.0

    Still flowering in December!

    By Mumstheword

    from Bucks

    I bought two of these plants in spring and they still have a few flower spikes in December... truly amazing and great value for money.

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    5.0

    Lovely, undemanding plant

    By Old Tabbycat

    from Norfolk

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Draught Tolerant
    • Healthy
    • Long Blooming Season

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden

      I bought a couple of these late last spring, assuming they were near the end of their blooming season. Not a bit of it! They have flowered continually since June; it is now the end of December and they are still going. Our soil is chalky, 'freely draining' ('like the surface of the moon' would be more accurate) and we had quite a dry summer. I am definitely going to buy loads more of these next year. The butterflies and bees love them too.

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      5.0

      Butterfly draw

      By carrots

      from Staffordshire

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Patio

        I love this plant, it has attractive leaves and the flowers are really lovely, it is September and mine is still flowering! Don't know why though. The butterflies absolutey love it, first day it flowered I couldn't believe how many butterflies came a calling, the flowers were covered with them and they have been all this time. I would recommend this because it is a beauty and it attracts beauty.

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          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

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          • 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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            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

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            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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            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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