Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wallflower, Cheiranthus cheri

Cheiranthus cheiri     
Russet coloured Wallflower
The sweetly scented Wallflower starts to flower in mid-winter and continues right through spring. The most common form is the russet shaded variety above, though there are pure yellow, gold and blood red forms as well. It has a long history of garden cultivation and here is usually treated as an annual but with some care it can be grown for a couple of years particularly in temperate climates. It is native to southern Europe and can be found clinging to limestone cliffs in places such as on the Balearic Island of Minorca. In Spain it is known as Almeri Amarillo and in Portugal , Goiveiro Amerlo.

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