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Erysmium Bowles Mauve

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GingerKitCat Thu 16-Mar-17 18:52:08

Has anyone successfully grown this from seed? I bought a plant today from Morrisons - they've opened their outside garden bit for the first time this year hooray - after hearing so much about it on here smile

I've read about taking cuttings but my success rate isn't brilliant. Willing to try though. In the meantime one popped up last year in a mixed pot I inherited. It has quite a few dried seed heads on it that I was about to discard. Is it worth scattering the seeds?

GingerKitCat Thu 16-Mar-17 18:53:06

erysimum!

Palomb Thu 16-Mar-17 22:59:58

Cuttings of this are the easiest thing. I bet If you pull a couple of the tips off and stick them in the ground you'll have new plants in 8 weeks.

I've never tried from seed though.

stayathomegardener Thu 16-Mar-17 23:08:05

I have never known it to seed naturally.
Good to propagate as it is relatively short lived.
Cuttings are easy, the hard bit is trying to find a shoot without a flower head as they root less well.

GingerKitCat Fri 17-Mar-17 09:35:39

Thanks both, I'll persevere with cuttings...

MrsBertBibby Fri 17-Mar-17 10:51:30

Are there other kinds of perennial wallflower? I have one from a church sale which will allegedly be red. Dying for it to come out to see what it Is!

SeaRabbit Fri 17-Mar-17 13:33:57

Good wallflower article here Mrs Bert.

Since that article came out there have been new introductions - I have Winter Orchid which is lovely

cowgirlsareforever Fri 17-Mar-17 13:35:46

One of my favourite plants. Good luck OP.

MrsBertBibby Fri 17-Mar-17 13:37:59

Wow!

shovetheholly Fri 17-Mar-17 17:04:20

Try heel cuttings. They work really well!

GingerKitCat Fri 17-Mar-17 18:05:31

Thanks all! It's always mentioned on here so I thought I'd give it a whirl seeing as it's purple and wildlife friendly grin I love the colour and structure of the leaves too.

Incidentally they were selling them in Waitrose today for...£8 a pot shock

£3 in Morrisons for a similar sized pot wink

SeaRabbit Fri 17-Mar-17 21:45:49

Make sure you harden it off properly - Morrisons' things are usually used to being in warm places IME.

LovingLola Fri 17-Mar-17 21:50:06

I have had this in a border for the last 5 years... I just chop it after it has finished flowering and the seed heads are dead..it comes back year after year. I love the smell of it. My mother loved wallflowers!

MrsBertBibby Sat 18-Mar-17 16:21:14

First flowers on mine have opened. It really is red! I think it's "winter passion". Good old church sales!

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