Page author: David Giblin
Erysimum repandum
spreading wallflower

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest and in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; British Columbia to California, east across much of North America to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Wasteland in dry areas, plains and lower mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, butterflies, flies, hummingbirds


Simple to freely-branched annual, the stem 2-5 dm. tall, somewhat grayish.


Basal leaves several, lanceolate to oblanceolate, up to 15 cm. long and 12 mm. broad, wavy-toothed to wavy-margined; cauline leaves similar, reduced upward, sometimes becoming entire.


Flowers rather showy, in crowded, bractless racemes; pedicles stout, 2-4 mm. long, almost as thick as the siliques; sepals 4, the outer 2 saccate at the base; petals 4, light yellow, 6-9 mm. long, very slenderly clawed; stamens 6; style 1 mm. long, stigma bi-lobed.


Siliques spreading to ascending, curved, rigid, 6-8 cm. long and about 1.5 mm. thick, nearly quadrangular, constricted between the seeds; seeds in 1 series, wingless.

Accepted Name:
Erysimum repandum L.
Publication: Demonstr. Pl. 17. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cheirinia repanda (L.) Link
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erysimum repandum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Erysimum repandum checklist entry

OregonFlora: Erysimum repandum information

E-Flora BC: Erysimum repandum atlas page

CalPhotos: Erysimum repandum photos

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