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Erysimum insulare - Island Wallflower

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Brassicaceae (Cruciferae) (Mustards)
Origin: Channel Islands (North America)
California Native (Plant List): Yes
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Erysimum insulare ssp. insulare]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Erysimum insulare (Island Wallflower) An semi-evergreen woody perennial or short lived subshrub to 12 to 18 inches tall by 2 to 4 feet wide. The upright stems bear 2 to 3 inch long narrow green leaves and terminate with a raceme of fragrant bright yellow flowers over several months in the spring that are followed by long narrow fruits (saligue). Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant in coastal gardens and hardy to 20 F. Appearance is improved by occasional summer water and pruning in late summer or fall to remove spent inflorescences and to promote vigorous new shoots from the base. Effective in mixed borders or rock gardens. This plant comes from the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and ranges on all 4 of the northern islands as a component of the coastal scrub and coastal dune plant communities, though it is rare on Santa Cruz Island and atypical on Anacapa Island. Another subspecies is on the mainland. Our plants were from cuttings from a plant accessioned at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as (SBBG 97-181) that was from seed collected in May 1997 at Carrington Point on Santa Rosa Island by Kathryn McEachern and Dieter Wilken. Our thanks to Carol Bornstein for introducing us to this plant and for providing the image on this page. 

This information about Erysimum insulare displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.