Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’

Scientific name: Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’

Synonym: Cerinthe major var. purpurescens


Common names: “Honeywort”

Plant Type: Evergreen perennial, grown as an annual, short lived


Zone: 8-10

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered, likes a lot of heat

Soil: Average, doesn’t like clay

Moisture: Well drained, drought tolerant


Plant Size: 12-30″ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Blue-green leaves with no petioles

Flower: Tubular pendent purple flowers with conspicuous purple-blue bracts, from early spring to October

Maintenance: Low, remove when looks tatty

Landscape use: Mediterranean bed, wildlife garden, courtyard, cottage, container plant

Propagate: By seed

Pests & Disease: Aphids maybe

Comments: Attracts beneficial insects


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