Open the Advanced Search

Wallflower Cabbage

Coincya monensis cheiranthos

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
For more information please download the BSBI Code of Conduct PDF document.


Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Brassicaceae (Cabbage)
Also in this family:
Alpine Pennycress, Alpine Rock-cress, American Wintercress, Annual Wall Rocket, Austrian Yellowcress, Awlwort, Bastard Cabbage, Black Mustard, Bristol Rock-cress, Charlock, Common Scurvygrass, Common Whitlowgrass, Coralroot, Creeping Yellowcress, Cuckooflower, Dame's-violet, Danish Scurvygrass, Dittander, Early Wintercress, Eastern Rocket, English Scurvygrass, Evergreen Candytuft, False London Rocket, Field Pennycress, Field Pepperwort, Flixweed, Garden Arabis, Garden Candytuft, Garden Cress, Garden Radish, Garden Rocket, Garlic Mustard, Glabrous Whitlowgrass, Gold of Pleasure, Great Yellowcress, Greater Cuckooflower, Greater Periwinkle, Greater Swinecress, Hairy Bittercress, Hairy Rock-cress, Hairy Rocket, Hairy Whitlowgrass, Hedge Mustard, Hoary Cress, Hoary Mustard, Hoary Stock, Hoary Whitlowgrass, Honesty, Horseradish, Hutchinsia, Hybrid Watercress, Intermediate Periwinkle, Isle of Man Cabbage, Large Bittercress, Lesser Swinecress, London Rocket, Lundy Cabbage, Marsh Yellowcress, Mountain Scurvygrass, Narrow-fruited Watercress, Narrow-leaved Bittercress, Narrow-leaved Pepperwort, Northern Rock-cress, Northern Yellowcress, Oilseed Rape, Perennial Rocket, Perennial Wall Rocket, Perfoliate Pennycress, Pinnate Coralroot, Purple Rock-cress, Pyrenean Scurvygrass, Rock Whitlowgrass, Russian Rocket, Scottish Scurvygrass, Sea Kale, Sea Radish, Sea Rocket, Sea Stock, Shepherd's Cress, Shepherd's Purse, Small-flowered Wintercress, Smith's Pepperwort, Steppe Cabbage, Swede, Sweet Alyssum, Tall Rocket, Thale Cress, Tower Mustard, Treacle Mustard, Trefoil Cress, Turnip, Wall Whitlowgrass, Wallflower, Warty Cabbage, Watercress, Wavy Bittercress, White Mustard, Wild Cabbage, Wild Candytuft, Wild Radish, Wild Turnip, Wintercress, Woad, Yellow Whitlowgrass
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Cliffs, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.

Yellow, 4 petals
Yellow flowers with fairly well spaced petals. Dark veins. Pollinated by insects.
The fruit is a pod.
An annual or biennial plant of wasteland. The basal leaves are pinnate. No stem leaves. Differs from Isle of Man Cabbage (Coincya monensis) in that it is leafier and more branched.
Frequency (UK):

Similar Species

Other Information


Coincya monensis cheiranthos is a subspecies of Coincya monensis, which is a species of flowering plant in the cabbage family. Coincya monensis cheiranthos is native to Europe and is commonly found in mountainous regions. The plant is known for its small, white flowers and hairy leaves. It grows well in rocky or gravelly soils and is often found in alpine meadows and cliffs. Coincya monensis cheiranthos is a low-growing plant that forms a mat-like shape and can spread to form large clumps. It is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant and is valued for its attractive flowers and ability to thrive in difficult growing conditions. The plant is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments.


Wallflower Cabbage (Coincya monensis cheiranthos) is a rare and unique plant species that is native to the mountainous regions of Europe. This plant, also known as the "Alpine Wallflower," is known for its small, delicate yellow flowers that bloom in the early spring and summer months.

The Wallflower Cabbage is a hardy plant that can withstand harsh weather conditions, including heavy snow and cold temperatures. This makes it an excellent choice for planting in mountain regions, where other plants may struggle to survive.

In addition to its tolerance of tough weather, the Wallflower Cabbage is also highly prized for its attractive appearance. Its compact, compact rosettes of leaves and bright yellow flowers make it an attractive addition to rock gardens, alpine gardens, and other similar landscapes.

The Wallflower Cabbage is also a popular plant for wildflower enthusiasts. It is a low-maintenance plant that requires little care once established, and its striking yellow flowers can bring a pop of color to the landscape even in the bleakest of weather conditions.

Despite its hardiness and attractive appearance, the Wallflower Cabbage is a relatively unknown plant species. This is partly due to its limited range and the fact that it grows in remote, difficult-to-reach locations. However, those who are familiar with this plant species often consider it to be one of nature's hidden gems.

The Wallflower Cabbage is a hardy, low-maintenance, and beautiful plant species that is well worth seeking out for anyone looking to add a unique touch to their landscape. Whether you're planting in a mountain garden or simply looking for an attractive wildflower to brighten up your yard, the Wallflower Cabbage is an excellent choice.

In terms of cultivation, the Wallflower Cabbage is relatively easy to care for and maintain. It is a slow-growing plant that prefers well-drained soil and partial to full sun exposure. Once established, it is drought-tolerant and does not require regular watering.

It is important to note that the Wallflower Cabbage is also a protected species in some parts of Europe, so it is important to ensure that it is obtained from a reputable source and that all necessary permits are obtained before planting.

Another important factor to consider when planting Wallflower Cabbage is its preference for cool temperatures. It is best to plant this species in the cooler months of the year, as warm temperatures can cause it to become stressed and produce fewer flowers. It is also important to provide adequate winter protection, as the plant is not frost-tolerant and may become damaged by extreme cold.

The Wallflower Cabbage is a long-lived plant that can live for several years, providing many seasons of beautiful yellow blooms. This plant is also a great choice for wildlife gardens, as its small, delicate flowers attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

The Wallflower Cabbage is a rare and unique plant species that is well worth considering for any gardener looking to add some interest to their landscape. With its attractive yellow flowers, hardiness, and low maintenance requirements, this plant is an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners alike.

In terms of propagation, the Wallflower Cabbage can be grown from seed or through division of existing plants. Growing from seed can be a bit more challenging, as the seeds require a period of cold stratification before they will germinate. However, once established, the plants will spread and self-sow, producing more plants in the coming years.

When it comes to maintenance, the Wallflower Cabbage is a low-maintenance plant that does not require regular pruning or deadheading. However, it is important to remove any damaged or yellowed leaves as needed to keep the plant looking its best.

It is also important to keep an eye out for any pests or diseases that may affect the plant. The Wallflower Cabbage is relatively disease-resistant, but it can be susceptible to aphids and other common garden pests. Regular monitoring and treatment with an appropriate pesticide can help keep these pests at bay.

One of the great things about the Wallflower Cabbage is its versatility. It can be grown in a variety of settings, including rock gardens, wildflower gardens, and even in containers. This makes it an ideal choice for gardeners who are short on space or who are looking to add some interest to a small patio or balcony.

In conclusion, the Wallflower Cabbage is a truly unique and versatile plant species that is well worth considering for any gardener looking to add some interest to their landscape. With its attractive yellow flowers, hardiness, and low maintenance requirements, this plant is a great choice for anyone looking to bring some color and life to their garden.

Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

Click to open an Interactive Map