Erysimum capitatum
"Western Wallflower"

Photo by J. Kehoe

A charming, yellow-flowering California native species of “Wallflower”, a much-loved garden staple. “Western Wallflower” is found in chaparral, coastal sage scrub and Pinyon-Juniper woodlands across the western states and east to the Great Lakes. Ranging in height from 1-2’, with a similar spread, multi-branching stems with linear leaves. The show is the 4-petaled bright yellow .75” flowers, appearing in dense 3” racemes from May well into the Fall in milder zones.Lightly fragrant,they attract a wealth of pollinators to your garden, including a variety ofbees and butterflies as well as hummingbirds.Though short-lived, it effortlessly self-seeds for future plants. This tough plant adapts to nearly any soil and, though a sun lover, it can handle some shade.Drought tolerant once establishedso plant with similar water-stingy perennials. Goes dormant in zones 8 or colder. Deer resistant.

Curious Plantsman

Sun/Part Shade

Low Water

Biennial or Short-Lived Perennial
USDA zones 3-10