Cerinthe major Purpurascens

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Buy Cerinthe major Purpurascens honeywort: Bluish-green foliage with deep purple flowers

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to August
  • Hardiness: half-hardy annual or perennial

    Rich purple-blue flowers, which are very attractive to bees, appear from May to August, contrasting beautifully with the fleshy, blue-green foliage. A striking and versatile evergreen plant, in milder areas it will carry on from year to year, but should generally be treated as an annual. Ideal for adding interest to the herbaceous border. Before using in fresh arrangements, dip the ends of the stems in boiling water for thirty seconds.

  • Garden care: Under glass, sow shallowly in freely draining compost in late winter or early spring. Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, gently move them into individual pots and harden off before planting out in a sunny spot after the frosts. Direct sowing can be undertaken in late spring in a well prepared bed.

  • Sow: February-May

  • Flowering: May-August

  • Approximate quantity: 12 seeds.

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Loved by bees


These are a lovely purple colour with the leaves being almost blue. They were a big hit with the bees last spring/summer and I was very happy to see them self-seed. I moved some of the seedlings around the garden and they've taken well. Really easy to grow.




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This is querky looking plant with its cool blue leaves and purple bracts. It is quite floppy and needed a bit of twiggy support. However, and most important, the bumblebees loved it!! I grew it satisfactorily in a pot as well as in the ground. A special bonus is that it seeds itself - easy to see! It does need sun, a bit of a problem for me in a Perthshire (lowland) where warmth can be a problem


Lowland Perthshire


I would buy this product again


Excellent germination from these seeds. Now they've happily self seeded for next year. Bees and butterflies love them.





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