Wallflower

Erysimum cheiri 'Scarlet Bedder'

Wallflower - Erysimum cheiri  'Scarlet Bedder'

Common Name: Wallflower
Genus: Erysimum
Species: cheiri
Cultivar: 'Scarlet Bedder'

The Greek translation of the word Erysimum refers to how the sap of some plants in the Genus can cause blisters, when it comes into contact with the skin.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: March to May

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Clusters of clove-scented, scarlet flowers appear from March to May above the lance-shaped dark green leaves. These sturdy wallflowers make vibrant spring bedding plants for a sunny, fertile well-drained site. Compact and free-flowering, they are especially suitable for patio containers or where border space is limited.

Garden Care: Start them off in a cold frame or greenhouse using good quality compost. Sow the seeds 5mm deep and keep moist (but not waterlogged) until they germinate. Thin out as soon as they are large enough to handle, potting them into individual pots. Harden off slowly before planting outside in summer. Late sowings can be done direct. When watering, it is best to give the plants a really thorough soak when the soil gets dry rather than applying a little water every day.

Sow: March to July.


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