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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'


Hardy Annual

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Also known as Honeywort, this unusual annual bears rounded, blue-green leaves on slender, upright stems. From late spring onwards masses of nodding, rich purple flowers, surrounded by blue-purple bracts appear at the stem tips, which are highly attractive to bees. With a bushy habit, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ is a fantastic addition to annual beds or used to fill gaps in herbaceous borders, where it is happy in any well drained soil. Height: 60cm (24"). Spread: 45cm (18").

Ideal For:
cottage gardens, wildlife gardens
Flowering Period:
May, June, July, August, September
full sun
    • 3 cerinthe Postiplug plants

    • Despatch:
    • £12.99
    • Out of stock
Pot up Cerinthe plants and grow them on in frost free conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When Cerinthe plants are well grown, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Plant Honeywort in full sun or part shade, in poor, well drained neutral or alkaline soil. On heavier soils, incorporate plenty of grit to improve drainage, prior to planting.
Water regularly until plants are fully established. Honeywort plants seed freely. If seedlings are not required, deadhead the faded Cerinthe flowers as they fade.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

  1. excellent plants

    By kathleen bates 14-09-2014

    Was supposed to receive these by the end of may, but for whatever reason i didn't. I e-mailed about mid-june and finally received them towards the end of june, Planted them out straight away and they have romped on. I am very pleased with the results and the bees and other pollinators love them. They are still full of flowers and bees. Will definately buy again. I have given 4 stars for poor customer service in not informing me of the delay.


    Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

  2. Poor!

    By Nicola Shires 24-05-2014

    As with the first customer, I received these plants on around 5th May and they were all dead. I have emailed 3 times now and have yet to get a response. I'm very disappointed and for £7.99 for 3 plants, I expected a bit better quality and bigger plants to be honest. I have ordered from Thompson and Morgan before and had no problems but will seriously think twice about doing so in the future as the quality and customer service I have experienced with this purchase is frankly very poor.


    Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your recent purchase. Our Customer care team are working tremendously hard to resolve all as quickly as possible. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.

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