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Cerinthe major - Purpurascens (Honeywort)

Type Herbaceous flower, Bedding Plants & Tender Perennials, Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading clump, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer), Blue Foliage
Care Medium - high
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Cerinthe major Description

This attractive hardy annual is ideal in a rockery or cottage garden setting, where it provides interest throughout the summer with its attractive dusty blue green foliage and deep blue pendulous blossom.

Cerinthe major - Cultivation Notes

Ideal for any fertile well drained soil in full sun. Sow indoors or as seed into beds. Once established and flowering in certain circumstances Cerinthe may seed and spread through beds, requiring minimal maintenance.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Cerinthe major:

  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Cerinthe major:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Annual bedding plant ideal for quick seasonal colour
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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Common Missspellings: Carinthe, Serinthe, Sirinthe,

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