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Wallflower / Cheiranthus

Wallflower Description

Wallflowers are heavily laden, colourful flowers on upright spikes. They have been a favourite with gardeners for many years with their multi-coloured showy displays from Spring onward.

There are many varieties available that come in a wide array of colours including shades of pink, mauve, purple, yellow, orange, and various reds.

Achieving heights of up to 60cm wallflowers are ideal in formal flower beds, cottage garden displays. They are also excellent as cut flowers.

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Cultivation of Wallflower Plants

Wallflower Blooms

Wallflower seeds should be sown directly into a seed bed in late spring to early summer. Choose a sunny site with good soil.

The plants should be thinned out to about 15cm apart from each other when the first full leaves appear. In the autumn they should be moved to their permanent flowering site, again in full sun, to a distance of about 35cm apart.

To promote bushiness and high densities of blooms the growing tips should be pinched out when the plants reach a height of 12 to 15cm.

Popular Varieties of Wallflower

The following lists some popular varieties of Wallflower.

Golden Bedder Wide range of colours, dwarf variety
Blood Red

Deep red blossoms

Cloth of Gold Large golden flowers, fragrant
Glasnost Mixed Pastel-coloured blooms, fragrant, dwarf variety
Spring Jester

Apricot, orange, yellow, lemon, lilac, dwarf variety

Persian Carpet Pastel-coloured flowers, tall
My Fair Lady Mixed Pastel colours with mixed shades

Wallflower Pests and Diseases

Wallflowers can be prone to attack by cabbage root fly maggots which causes the plant root to rot and the plant to fail. Plant stunting can also occur as a result of a swelling on the roots called club root.

Height 15 - 45cm

Wallflower - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 25 to 40cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers from mid spring to early summer Order Bassicales
Well-drained soil, rich, alkaline to neutral Family Brassicaceae
Sunny site Genus Cheiranthus
Hardy biennial    
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Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
Bells of Ireland Freesia Petunia Sweet Pea
Busy Lizzie Gladiolus Phlox Tulip
Chrysanthemum Hollyhock Poppy Wallflower

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