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Erysimum Bowles Mauve

peteSpeteS Posts: 963
I've just bought a couple of E. Bowles Mauve, mainly on the strength of what I've read, but has anyone grown it, and does it actually live up to it's reputation for scent and floriferousness. Thanks.


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,930
    It's a great plant to have in the garden and grows so easily from cuttings that you'll never have to buy another.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Never noticed scent from mine but it does grow and flower well but in the end you get fed up with it!
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,531
    Never noticed a smell. They look ok for the first year of two then they get woody and scraggy. Very easy to propagate. Just poke a cutting in a pot of compost and away it goes.
    I've gone right off them so they've all been composted bar one cutting that it seems a bit mean to destroy in its infancy.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,252
    They're a very useful, reliable plant but I've never noticed a scent. 
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,462
    edited March 2021
    It attracts all the bees and butterflies in the area, so it must smell nice to them.
    Sadly mine didn't like -14 and being frozen solid for a week so I' ve only got a tiny cutting for this year :(
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,819
    I loved it for a while, but as someone else above said, I got sick of it in the end.  It flowers for so long that familiarity breeds contempt.  If you want a reliable flowerer, then go for it, although they can become quite large and outgrow their welcome in smaller spaces.  Never noticed any smell from ours, but the bees liked it.
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    Same for me, no scent, flowers itself to death, starts going downhill after second year.  Great plant......
  • peteSpeteS Posts: 963
    No idea where I got the scent idea from...but I'm glad it is a prolific flowerer at least and was well worth buying.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,531
    For a while😊 Especially if you like lilac coloured flowers. I must admit, I preferred the foliage - a bit like lavender. If it was going to grow it again, I would probably  trim off the flowers. Enjoy it for a while, it's a very easy  plant to grow and propagate. There's a yellow one with varigated leaves too. I have that away to someone who liked it.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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