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Herbaceous PerennialAnnual Biennial

Erysimum cheiri 'Sunset Orange' (Sunset Series)
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An evergreen short-lived perennial usually grown as a biennial, with a bushy, branching habit and narrow, dark green leaves. Clusters of fragrant flowers, in shades of gold and rich orange, are produced at the tips of the stems from spring into summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Orange Yellow Green
Summer Orange Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Brassicaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy, Spreading branched
Genus

Erysimum can be annuals, biennials or woody-based perennials with narrow leaves and dense racemes of often fragrant, 4-petalled flowers

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a sunny position in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Usually grown as a biennial, plant out at the end of summer for flowers the following year

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by softwood cuttings in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Trim after flowering to prevent plants becoming leggy

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs, snails, cabbage root fly and flea beetles

Diseases

May be susceptible to downy mildews, club root, leaf spot, root rot and virus diseases

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