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Erysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum

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Erysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum
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Erysimum capitatum ssp. capitatum

Species Name: Erysimum capitatum
Common Name: Western Wallflower

Beautiful light yellow-orange flowers on upright stalk excellent for mixed perennial bed. Short-lived but reseeds readily.

Plant Family: Brassicaceae
Plant Type: Perennial, biennial
Height by Width: 1-2' H x <1' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 8000'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow-orange
Endangered?:
Distribution: California except Central Valley
Natural Habitat: Many, generally inland

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Grows 1 to 2 feet high, often forming a much branched woody plant; found on the sand dunes along the coast. Flowers light yellow, very fragrant. Has a long blooming season; a good subject for rock gardens. Gallon cans, 35c."
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