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By Janeli

Middlesex, United Kingdom Gb

Please could anyone help identify this plant? I obtained it as a small leafy cutting last year and it more or less sat and did nothing. This year it has taken off, producing a single flower spike, with petals appearing progressively up the stem, the lower ones dying as new ones develop. When the first one finished flowering, more leaves appeared and the whole thing became bushy and has produced 3 or 4 more spikes. Can't seem to find it in any reference books.




Hi Janeli, could you tell me what the leaves look like?

11 Jul, 2007


I think, if the foliage is in the background, this is Bowles' perennial wallflower or Erysimum bicolor 'Bowles' Mauve' . They may well give up after flowering this year so it might be a good idea to take some cuttings sometime this month.

11 Jul, 2007


Hi janeli, I agree with joey it is Erysimum "Bowles Mauve" the perenial wallflower. I had this plant and agree they don't last long so do take cuttings.

11 Jul, 2007


Bowles mauve, one of the easiest plants to take cuttings,just take 3 inch tips off non budding stalks strip lower leaves and reduce leaves left by half, insert around edge of pot(no need for rooting powder) and importantly place in cool shade making sure they do not dry out , do not cover.6 weeks you should see roots coming through the holes in the pot,water well and transfer small rooted cuttings into individual pots.You may be interested to know the Bowles who introduced them is the same family as Camilla!!

11 Jul, 2007

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