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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'


Hardy Annual

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The original species, native of S. Europe with sea green bracts often tinged in purple. The tubular flowers are a wonderful bicoloured contrast of yellow and maroon. May also be sown in situ.

Ideal For:
cottage gardens, wildlife gardens
Flowering Period:
May, June, July, August
Sowing Months:
February, March, April, May, September, October
full sun
    • 1 packet (10 cerinthe seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £3.69
Sow in spring 1.5mm (1/16in) deep in a good seed compost. Make sure the compost is moist but not wet and seal inside a polythene bag until germination which usually takes 5-21 days at 21C (70F). The seed can also be sown in mid to late spring where it is to flower and covered to a depth of 3mm (1/8in).

Transplant the seedlings when large enough to handle into boxes, spacing them 5cm (2in) apart. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost 15cm (6in) apart in full sun and ordinary well-drained soil.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above.

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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.

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  1. This one is a Must Have!!!

    By Marguerite Wrenn 21-03-2016

    I agree wholeheartedly! I'm a novice gardener in the UK and it has been a trial and error (mostly error) learning process for me... but this plant? Even I can't kill it! The bees go absolutely mad for it. The foliage and blossoms are gorgeous... they look like something designed by an artist! It does self-seed and yes, it also overwinters here on the Kent coast. This one is a must have!


    Thank you very much for your review, and for taking the time to post it. I am glad that you have been happy with your purchase. I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

  2. Can Be Sown In Autumn

    By Zulfiqar Ilahi 22-04-2015

    I just like to add these plants flower earlier and make bigger plants if sown in autumn. Mine overwintered with no problems (I live in the Midlands). They have just flowered and it's only April. This is a unique plant and my garden just would not be the same without it!


    Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your wonderful comments. I hope we can continue to be of service.

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