A bushy perennial wallflower with dark green narrow leaves. Clusters of pretty brick pink and violet flowers all at the same time. Sweet scented. It’s a lovely cultivar, with strong colours and the excellent habit of shooting from old wood (which most erysimums don’t do).
Loved by bees. Flowers for weeks on end from early spring to early summer, sometimes and sometimes over winter too.
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.