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photoblog image Western Wallflower

Western Wallflower

(Erysimum capitatum)

Mustard Family

(Brassicaceae)

 

Mention the word “wallflower” and most people conjure an image of a shy, unassuming person, literally pasted to the wall in stressful social situations. In botanical circles, though, Wallflower earned the name for its habit of growing on stone and masonry fences and walls. The name has stuck for these wildflowers, most of which grow on sandy, clayey, or rocky flats, but not vertical surfaces.

 

Western wallflower (E. capitatum) is the most widespread of the dozen native North American Wallflower species. It is equally at home in montane and alpine meadows of the Rocky Mountains as it is in desert canyons of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. 

 

In Greek, Erysimum translates as “to help or save” in reference to the medicinal qualities of several species. Practitioners of European folk medicine have used Wallflower poultices to relieve bronchial congestion and American Indians used dried leaves or seeds of Plains Wallflower to make a tea for stomach cramps. Wallflowers are also important sources of food for wildlife, including the caterpillars of a number of butterfly and moth species.

 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 138(1) B.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 89  B.jpg

 

 

 

Western Wallflower

(Erysimum capitatum)

Mustard Family

(Brassicaceae)

 

Mention the word “wallflower” and most people conjure an image of a shy, unassuming person, literally pasted to the wall in stressful social situations. In botanical circles, though, Wallflower earned the name for its habit of growing on stone and masonry fences and walls. The name has stuck for these wildflowers, most of which grow on sandy, clayey, or rocky flats, but not vertical surfaces.

 

Western wallflower (E. capitatum) is the most widespread of the dozen native North American Wallflower species. It is equally at home in montane and alpine meadows of the Rocky Mountains as it is in desert canyons of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. 

 

In Greek, Erysimum translates as “to help or save” in reference to the medicinal qualities of several species. Practitioners of European folk medicine have used Wallflower poultices to relieve bronchial congestion and American Indians used dried leaves or seeds of Plains Wallflower to make a tea for stomach cramps. Wallflowers are also important sources of food for wildlife, including the caterpillars of a number of butterfly and moth species.

 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 138(1) B.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 89  B.jpg

 

 

 

comments (16)

Very nice imagery...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Larry!
> My favourite is the top image!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh good, Jacquelyn!! Thank you!
Great macro, Elizabeth. Super shots.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, sir!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 21 Aug 2018, 03:08
really dainty blooms
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they?!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 Aug 2018, 05:44
On voit bien les détails de la mouche.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: He came in very clearly!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 21 Aug 2018, 06:11
They seem to grow vigorously for their habitat
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, they do!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 21 Aug 2018, 06:25
A great feeding image here. We have wallflowers too in the UK, slightly different to these but with wonderful perfume
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you! Yes - I think there are many cultivated species for gardeners
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Aug 2018, 07:28
How lovely it is, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Ray!
Magnifique bouquet du jour !!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: All for you, Claudine! Thank you!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Aug 2018, 07:48
..and why not dive in head first when there's a good chance of a reward? I believe we have wallflowers in the UK but I don't think they are like the (but then I'm no gardener).
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Well, absolutely!
Chris says so... I suppose he would know! smile Likely they are cultivated species for gardeners
A fine trio. You have treated us to some splendid flar pics lately E
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Bill! I'm pleased you're liking them!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 21 Aug 2018, 08:41
Your close ups show the huge variety of form and colour in these flowers.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Chad - the colors are lovely and bold!
This is a nice selection of Wallflowers, especially the one with the Bee on it. I've always been a bit of a Wallflower, you know, quiet, unassuming and shy, not smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Brian!
smile Actually I was a wallflower until my mid 20's. Pathetically shy! Came out of that shell, apparently!
These are a wow! I was admiring the yellow flowers in the marmot's view. Would this be those?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they gorgeous!!
No - the Marmot's view has Alpine Avens & Sky Pilots.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 23 Aug 2018, 05:42
Nice details in the fly and the petals ...very crisp.
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 24 Aug 2018, 14:30
Awesome colors and clarity captured in this beautiful variety of flower!

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