Honeywort

Quick Facts:

    • Rich blue, hooded flowers
    • Flowers June to September
    • Thrives in dry, sunny areas
    • Height to 60cm (24")

Honeywort

Description:

Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'. This annual is one of the best for beginner gardeners as it is one of the easiest and most rewarding garden flowers to grow. Honeywort is deer resistant, drought resistant, and works well in patio containers. Its arching stems grow to around 60cm (24") tall and have a summer-long bloom time as new flowers continue to open from the ends of each branching stem. The bluish grey foliage resembles Eucalyptus, and is just as useful in cut flower displays. The ancient Greeks believed that bees extracted wax from the flowers in order to build honeycomb, perhaps because bees adore the abundant, nectar-rich flowers. Pronounced 'seer-inth' - the final 'e' is silent.

Annual

Size: SKU: Price: Availability: Quantity: Total:
1g (approx. 17 seeds) FL3885A $3.19 In stock $0.00
5g (approx. 85 seeds) FL3885B $4.99 In stock $0.00
25g (approx. 425 seeds) FL3885C $9.99 In stock $0.00
100g (approx. 1700 seeds) FL3885D $21.99 In stock $0.00
500g (approx. 8500 seeds) FL3885E $89.99 Unavailable Notify me when in stock
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*Please note, this product cannot be shipped to the USA.

Quick Facts:

    • Rich blue, hooded flowers
    • Flowers June to September
    • Thrives in dry, sunny areas
    • Height to 60cm (24")

How To Grow

Cerinthe (AKA Honeywort) is an elegant looking plant that stands out for its unusual habit. Each stem arches upward out forward with a seemingly endless series of purple-blue bell shaped flowers. This plant works very well in larger containers or flower borders.

Latin
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Family: Boraginaceae

Difficulty
Very easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Starting
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, or direct sow outdoors in early spring. Just cover the large seeds. If starting indoors, provide bright light and a soil temperature of 10-15°C (65-70°F).

Growing
Space or transplant 30-45cm (12-18″) apart. Water regularly during dry spells. Mulch around the stems in spring to keep the soil cool and moist. Cerinthe tends to self-sow, but is never invasive.