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ERYSIMUM 'Constant Cheer'

Image of Erysimum 'Constant Cheer'

Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

ERYSIMUM 'Constant Cheer'

Plant Common Name

Constant Cheer Wallflower, Wallflower

General Description

This compact, short-lived, evergreen herbaceous perennial bears clusters of cross-shaped flowers in spring and early summer over dense clumps of dark green lance-shaped leaves. The slightly fragrant flowers open a dusky orange-red and age to purple.

Like most wallflowers, this hybrid prefers mild summers, full sun, and well-drained, not too rich, neutral to alkaline soil. To prevent the plant from becoming leggy, trim it lightly after flowering, and cut it back by half in late summer. It thrives in rock gardens or wall plantings, and looks great in the front of a sunny border or used as a bedding plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Purple, Orange

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No