Catananche caerulea

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Buy Catananche caerulea Cupid's Dart: The flowers are ideal for drying

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy but short-lived

    Strictly speaking this gorgeous plant is a perennial, however it is usually quite short-lived, so it’s best treated as an annual or biennial. The good news is that it will often self-seed if the conditions are right, so more plants will follow on in its place. It’s sought after for its papery, daisy-like flower heads, which appear above the fine foliage in summer, attracting bees and other beneficial insects. These flowers are popular with florists, as they can be added to both fresh and dried arrangements. Even the papery seedheads that develop later are attractive, and these too can be added to a vase.

  • Garden care: Deadhead regularly to encourage more to form, but towards the end of the season, let the seedheads develop and ripen, as these may go on to produce more plants in subsequent years.

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