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Erin

Erysimum Linifolium

{ Bowles’s Mauve; Wallflower }

£8.00

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About Erin

She may be nicknamed 'Wallflower', but Erin isn't some timid little bloom: her loud, bright mauve flowers practically scream out, 'I'm pretty and I want everyone to know it.' Alright, we hear you, Erin. Hailing from southern Europe, this amazing plant has a super long flowering period, showing off her vibrant blooms from early spring right into autumn. Just in case she wasn't magical enough, she's also known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, which we think is downright lovely.

Quick facts

Botanical name: Erysimum linifolium

Nicknames: Bowles's Mauve, Wallflower

Plant type: Evergreen perennial / outdoor

Toxic?: Toxic to pets and humans

Current height: 30-40cm

Nursery pot size: 17cm

Pro level: Medium

How to care for Erin (Wallflower)

The basics:

Erin prefers a sunny spot, but will tolerate partial shade.

She loves to be planted in alkaline (pH level above 7), well-drained soil.

Going the extra mile:

Erin will appreciate it if you 'deadhead' (pick off her dead flowers) after she blooms in spring.

She tends to get 'leggy' (meaning her branches get long and flop over), so give her a trim after she flowers in spring.

Things to look out for

Being cabbage's cousin, Erin is susceptible to all the creepy-crawlies that affect the veggies in your garden. If you notice irregular holes in her leaves, like she's being bitten into, then this may be a sign of flea beetles, slugs, or snails. To get rid of them, you can try placing yellow sticky traps throughout your garden to catch invaders, as well as regularly raking over the soil around your plant so that birds can feed on unwanted insects.

Pale green, yellow, purple, or brown blotches on the upper leaf surface, coupled with a mould-like growth on the lower part of the leaf, is likely a sign of downy mildew. To control the infection, carefully pick off the diseased leaves, and make sure there is good air circulation around your plant by ensuring she's at least a few inches away from her other plant neighbours.

If Erin's growth seems stunted and her foliage appears purple and wilted in the hot weather, she may be infected with club root. The disease can be reduced by liming your soil, which means applying lime fertiliser to increase pH level.

If you notice black, water-soaked spots on her foliage, this may be a sign of leaf blight. You can't get rid of it, but you can apply sulphur sprays or copper-based fungicides weekly to prevent the disease from spreading.