Erysimum Bowles Mauve


  • Plant Fact File:
    • Plant Type: Perennial
    • Common Name: Wallflower ‘Bowles’s Mauve’
    • Botanical Name: Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’
    • Mature Height: 50-75 centimeters (20-30 inches)
    • Spread: 45-60 centimeters (18-24 inches)
    • Growth Habit: Upright, Bushy
    • Foliage: Evergreen, Narrow, Lance-Shaped
    • Flowers: Purple, Violet, Mauve
    • Flowering Period: Spring to Autumn
    • Hardiness: Fully Hardy
    • Aspect: Full Sun to Partial Shade
    • Soil Type: Well-Draining, Loamy, Sandy
    • Uses: Border Plant, Container Plant, Cottage Garden Plant


    Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’, commonly known as Bowles’s Mauve Wallflower, is a popular perennial valued for its long-lasting blooms and easy-care nature. This cultivar features upright, bushy growth, with narrow lance-shaped leaves that remain evergreen in mild climates. From spring to autumn, ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ produces clusters of small, fragrant flowers in shades of purple, violet, or mauve, which attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden.

    Key Features:

    • Extended Bloom Period: One of the main attractions of ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ is its long-lasting flowering period. This perennial blooms from spring to autumn, providing a continuous display of color in the garden when many other plants have finished flowering. The vibrant purple, violet, or mauve flowers stand out against the dark green foliage, adding visual interest to borders, containers, and cottage gardens.
    • Fragrant Flowers: In addition to their visual appeal, the flowers of ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ emit a pleasant fragrance that attracts pollinators to the garden. Bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects are drawn to the nectar-rich blooms, making this plant a valuable addition to wildlife-friendly gardens.
    • Evergreen Foliage: Unlike some other wallflower varieties, ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ retains its narrow lance-shaped leaves throughout the year, even in winter. The evergreen foliage provides year-round interest in the garden, serving as a backdrop for the colorful blooms and maintaining the plant’s ornamental appeal even when not in flower.
    • Easy to Grow: ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ is a low-maintenance perennial that thrives in a wide range of growing conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil, but it can tolerate a variety of soil types, including loamy and sandy soils. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and requires minimal care beyond regular watering and occasional pruning to remove spent flowers and maintain its shape.

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