Cerinthe major var. purpurescens Also known as European Honeywort or Wax Plant. Vigorous bushy 12–30" annual comes into focus when the cooler nights of late summer and early fall accentuate its colors. Coin-shaped grey-green foliage covers the sprawling stems. Profuse blue shrimp-like bracts bear terminal purple flowers shaped like comfrey blossoms. Tolerates heat, but likes cool weather and will withstand light fall frosts, looking best when others are fading. Good in a massed border. Direct seed or start indoors 6–8 weeks before setting out after danger of frost. Quick emerging and rugged. “Please do not discontinue cerinthe…It is my very favorite and perhaps the seed most responsible for my continuing love of the spring ritual of planting. Think of the bumblebees,” exhorted Susan Barnett of Jacksonville, NY. Cerinthe stays! Annual. ~15 seeds/g. ⑤
4962 Kiwi Blue Cerinthe
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All flowers are annuals except where noted. All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.