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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Just £3.69

5 Reviews
1 packet (10 cerinthe seeds) £3.69 Despatch: within 24 hours
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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.

Cottage Gardens, Wildlife Gardens


Full sun

60cm (23.6in)

45cm (17.7in)

1 Packet (10 Cerinthe Seeds) (TT06235)

Sowing Months Flowering Months
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.


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This one is a Must Have!!! 2016-03-21

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!

T&M replied on 2016-03-22: 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.

Can Be Sown In Autumn 2015-04-22

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!

T&M replied on 2015-04-23: Thank you for your review and for taking the time to share your wonderful comments. I hope we can continue to be of service.

Lovely weird plant 2014-06-01

This did well for me in the good summer of 2014. The glaucous foliage and purple flowers are really beautiful. They've seeded in the border and I'm looking forward to seeing the babies flower too.

Striking and smart flowering border plant 2011-12-08

My cerinthe plants were raised easily from these seed earlier this year and they are the most impressive plants in my borders! A group of these add glamour and calm amongst other more floriferous plants - mine are surrounded by feathery cosmos and the combination seems to work well. They are strong and ordered with cool succulent blue/green leaves and visually stand out despite being restrained in colour. I received these cerinthe seeds as part of an offer of 10 lucky dip packets of seeds and I will put them on my annual seed shopping list from now onwards!

The "marmite" plant 2011-06-14

I call this the "marmite" plant. I absolutely love it. Ideal for a dry sunny border, with lovely flower heads of irredescent blue/pink and blue bracts. Fantastic grown with California poppy, and this year I've grown it amongst lavender, marjoram and sage, which disguises it's succulent spotty leaves, which are maybe more of an acquired taste for some. Try it out. All my seeds were successful from the T&M pack.