From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wallflower \Wall"flow`er\, n.
   1. (Bot.) A perennial, cruciferous plant ({Cheiranthus
      Cheiri}), with sweet-scented flowers varying in color from
      yellow to orange and deep red. In Europe it very common on
      old walls.
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   Note: The name is sometimes extended to other species of
         Cheiranthus and of the related genus Erysimum,
         especially the American Western wallflower ({Erysimum
         asperum}), a biennial herb with orange-yellow flowers.
         [1913 Webster]

   2. A lady at a ball, who, either from choice, or because not
      asked to dance, remains a spectator. [Colloq.]
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   3. (Bot.) In Australia, the desert poison bush ({Gastrolobium
      grandiflorum}); -- called also native wallflower.
      [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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