Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum)

Western Wallflower; Grandeur Peak, 6/2/2016, David Kenison

In the Mustard family (Brassicaceae). Also known as Sanddune Wallflower and Prairie Rocket. Found throughout the Rockies.

One of the brightest and most eye-catching of the Wasatch wildflowers, with small 4-petal flowers (up to an inch in diameter) usually appearing in large clusters on free-standing stems. Bright yellow is most common along the Wasatch; colors may tend more orange in other areas. Appears early and stays blooming through much of the summer at varying altitudes.

Native Americans used the plant as an emetic, or made tea for stomach cramps from dried leaves and seeds. Others used a poultice of chewed leaves to reduce swellings.

These photos were taken by the author at a variety of locations around Utah.  Click to view enlargements.

Additional information:
USDA information page
USDA profile

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