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ERYSIMUM (FRAGRANT SUNSHINE™)

Image of Erysimum 'Walfrasun' (FRAGRANT SUNSHINE™) PP13432

John Rickard

Family

Brassicaceae

Botanical Name

ERYSIMUM 'Walfrasun'(FRAGRANT SUNSHINE™) PP13432

Plant Common Name

Fragrant Sunshine™ Wallflower, Wallflower

General Description

The sweetly scented brightly colored wallflower is a favorite where summers are cool and mild. They are particularly popular in the chalky soils of England where this variety originated. Fragrant Sunshine™ was bred by David Tristram in West Sussex, England and was derived from the open-pollinated seed parent Erysimum ‘Bredon’.

This compact mound-forming perennial produces blue-green lance-shaped foliage with a silvery sheen and a purple blush. Fragrant Sunshine™ blooms from mid-spring through summer. The four-petaled flowers appear in small clusters along the plants. They are chocolate-purple in bud, open to bright yellow and are intensely fragrant.

This sun-loving plant prefers well-drained, slightly alkaline soils and will withstand extended periods of drought once established. It blooms over a longer season if promptly and continuously deadheaded. Though technically perennial, plants are notoriously short-lived. Its chief enemy is cold wet winter conditions that shorten its life span.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-20" / 45.7cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    20"-24" / 50.8cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Lemon Yellow

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Purple, Gray Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No