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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
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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.

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  1. A real showstopper!

    By Anne Lumsden 19-10-2013

    I had never heard of Cerinthe before, but it will certainly be a necessity in my garden from now on. Our garden is on a corner and everyone who passes comments on how interesting and colourful these plants are. The leaves are a beautiful bluey-green colour and the flowers blue-purple. They have really done well with this year's fantastic summer and I look forward to ordering again for next season.

  2. great plants in a wildlife garden

    By a childs 30-07-2013

    Very pleased with this purchase as always from t&m. as soon as they arrived I planted them in 3 inch pots thinking that will do until next spring. after a bit of a slow start they went mad and now i have to find some spaces in the garden this year to plant them as they are all full of flower buds, a pleasant surprise this year after such a cold spring.

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