This special variety of wallflower, Ravenelle, is a little flower with an endearing scent that is a must-have in perennial flower beds for its colors as much as for its unique shape.
Ravenelle wallflower facts
Name – Cheiranthus cheirii
Family – brassicas
Type – perennial grown as a biennial
Height – 8 to 16 inches (20 to 40 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – ordinary, well drained
Flowering – April to October depending on the variety
It adapts to the most difficult growing spots, and decorates them in a transcending manner.
Planting, sowing wallflower
What you’ve got here is a plant that will actually thrive where usually none of the other plants can grow.
When purchased in small pots, it is a good idea to plant in spring or in fall. Settling it down near a passing place is interesting since it releases a delightful fragrance.
- Select a very sunny spot.
- Water over the first weeks that follow the planting.
- No point in providing fertilizer, wallflower doesn’t need any.
Regarding any wallflower seeds you may want to sow, simply sow in a nursery starting from the month of March and transfer to the ground during the month of May.
But you can also sow directly in the ground, especially ravenelle wallflower, once any risk of frost has subsided, from May to July.
- In soil that has been broken down by couple strokes of the spade, broadcast seeds.
- Water regularly until seeds sprout and then as soon as the soil is dry.
- Thin to 12 inches (30 cm) when several leaves have appeared on each plant.
Pruning and caring for wallflower
No specific pruning is required, but, to boost flower-bearing, remove wilted flowers often.
If you notice a few caterpillars feasting on leaves, check if they might be cabbage caterpillars. If you’ve got cabbages in your vegetable patch, better remove them quickly!
All there is to know about ravenelle wallflower
Indeed, it settles right in any old stone wall, where it re-sows its seeds in nooks and crannies year after year.
It also does great, however, in flower beds and garden boxes with its beautiful, short-lived but abundant blooming.
The flower definitely releases a fragrance that is similar to that of cloves, quite interestingly so.
Smart tip about ravenelle wallflower
Cut off flowers that have finished blooming, this will trigger appearance of more flowers.