Perennial Wallflower 'Bowles' Mauve'


Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Erysimum (er-RIS-ih-mum) (Info)
Cultivar: Bowles' Mauve


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Under 1"

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Yuma, Arizona

Arroyo Grande, California

Dublin, California

East Porterville, California

Fallbrook, California

Kelseyville, California

Lake Nacimiento, California

Livermore, California

Modesto, California

North Fork, California

Palo Alto, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Sebastopol, California

Homosassa, Florida

West Monroe, Louisiana

Quincy, Massachusetts

Westport Point, Massachusetts

Albuquerque, New Mexico (2 reports)

Bixby, Oklahoma

Albany, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Irving, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

Shoreline, Washington

Snoqualmie, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 24, 2016, lsjogren from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Got a couple of these in the spring, just some cheapos like 5 bucks each or so at a regular nursery. Threw them in the garden. Some plants I lose interest in and others grow on me. These I have gotten to like.

Here in winter in Vancouver WA (zone 8) they are nice and green, definitely are evergreens in our climate. The foliage is nice and bush and makes a nice buffer plant. Mine are in a wedge shaped spot between a walkway and a patio.

I guess they have limited lifespan, and from other people's comments it sounds like they live longer in milder climates and shorter in harsher ones. I figure here maybe they will live 3-4 years.


On Feb 28, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A good bedding plant here. Very long season of bloom, but it usually dies over winter. The few times it's survived, it's looked very disheveled the next spring, with lots of dieback. Definitely not hardy in Boston Z6a.


On Jun 12, 2012, FallbrookGardnr from Fallbrook, CA wrote:

This plant is a champ for Fallbrook, CA. Constant blooming flowers make this a hit for me. Planted in April & it has just taken off in the planter. Faces west so it gets 6 or more hours of full sun. Lets see how it does through the hot summer!


On Mar 20, 2012, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've had this plant in my garden for many years. They're not picky about sun exposure ,soil, or even water for that matter. Their lifespan seems to be about 5 years. A prolific bloomer, they are easily "neated up" by trimming off spent flower stalks. I received one last year that was leggy, and the main trunk had split. I trimmed it way back with the attitude that it will either come back nice or die. It looks beautiful this year and is already blooming late March, in almost full shade. I've never had any volunteers but I'd be glad if I did!


On Feb 24, 2012, sonomaheaven from Sebastopol, CA wrote:

This is absolutely my most favorite plant. Mine have been blooming their heads off for at least 8 years. No known pests and it will take more water than suggested. Instead of shearing the plant back, I take the time with tiny clippers to cut back only the spent flowers. I guess it may be why it blooms continuously. I love the rounded shape that looks compact but natural. I just planted five more of them and already added an orange flowered one that took a little bit longer to get moving. I only prune when branches die or it needs a little heading back. Bonus: The butterflies, bees and hummingbirds all love them.


On Jun 11, 2011, enidrena from salt spring island,
Canada wrote:

The Bowles Mauve that l have in a dry sunny spot doesn't do quite as well as the ones in partial shade, but l've had a life-long love affair with them.. as they propagate readily from cuttings and after early summer haircuts they keep on giving all summer
long. The weather here in southwestern British Columbia suits them well and l think their colour and perfume are a MUST in any spring - summer garden !


On Apr 24, 2011, RainbowGirl from Seattle, WA wrote:

I planted my Erysimum last summer and was so excited to see it bloom again this Spring but over the winter it had lost all its leaves (which I didn't realize was abnormal until I read recently that this is suppose to be an evergreen) and all the stems have turned to brittle wood. In other words, I think it may be dead. I thought this was an easy plant to keep so I don't understand what happened. It has one branch that is still growing leaves and flowers but other than that, nothing. I live in the Pacific Northwest and even though we had a few days of freezing temps this winter, it was relatively mild. I will probably try and replace it with a new one but not knowing what I did wrong to this one, I don't have much faith the next one will survive either.


On Mar 26, 2010, otter47 from Livermore, CA wrote:

Wallflower 'Bowles Mauve' is one of the showiest and easy-care garden plants in my area and in much of California. It blooms heavily in spring with flowers covering the dome-like plants. Well-grown plants easily attain a yard in diameter. If the plants are sheared back in early summer when bloom becomes straggly, the plants send out new growth and some sporadic flowering during the rest of the year. They do "bloom themselves to death" and live around 3-5 years, but are readily replaced with fresh plants. Sheared back plants are a good source of cuttings. Unlike the common English wallflower, this cultivar does not set much seed (but I have occasionally found some volunteer seedlings). Plants are not fussy about soil and are water thrifty during our long dry season.


On Mar 14, 2006, sterhill from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A good sturdy plant that will flower throughout the season. I took cuttings from my plant last year and now have a dozen more plants - flowering now. The original plant is about 18" high and the cutting plants are about 10" high.