A tough and reliable little evergreen from Turkey which makes dense hummocks of growth to around 20 cms wide or so. The leaves are deepest green small looking like needles along the stems. Flowers are typical brassicaceae in appearance, small but numerous and bright lemon-yellow. These are produced in early summer and sporadically through the season. An excellent rock garden or edging plant for sunny areas, and tolerant of hot, dry sites with poor soil. Also great spilling out of cracks in rock walls, or between flagging stones.
Myth and Legend
In the 12th century, Troubadours would wear a sprig of wallflower to signify that their love survive time and misfortune. It is said that this is as a result of seeing the plant growing on the ruins of fallen towers, the rather romantic image of beauty and fragrance amonst desolation.
In Palestine, the wallflower is known as the 'blood drops of Christ'. It was introduced to Britain some 300 years ago, although some sources claim that it was originally introduced by the Romans.
Dreaming of wallflowers is said to be a sign to those in love that their sweetheart will be true to them.
Common name(s): Perennial Wallflower, Blister Cress, Hedge Mustard.