Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort) has silvery leaves with purple hanging bells, one of the best annual foliage plants. I absolutely love this and it gently self-sows, so you never need buy it again. More
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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort) has silvery leaves with purple hanging bells, one of the best annual foliage plants. I absolutely love this and it gently self-sows, so you never need buy it again.

It's superb as a garden plant and cut flower and absolutely loved by butterflies and bees – hence its common name.

If you sear the stems in boiling water for 30 seconds it will last longer as a cut flower.

Genus Cerinthe major
Variety Purpurascens
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Honeywort
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45-60cm (1½ - 2ft)
Spacing Spread 60cm (2ft), thin to 30-40cm (12-15in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Tough coated seeds, best soaked for 12 hours and then sown under cover in February-April and/or late August-September. Will self-sow. Hardy annuals can withstand a touch of frost and can be sown/planted straight into the ground in the autumn and will keep through the winter without protection. In colder areas you may wish to cover seedlings or keep in a cold frame/ unheated greenhouse.
Care Tips Can be grown in container pots.
Flowering June - September, 12 weeks from spring sowing
Vase Life This should last 7-10 days. When sappy in spring, sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds.
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Reviewed 3rd July 2014 by joyce

local vet gave me a few seeds,they came up every year for 14 yrs missed last year popped up one very large plant this year,so am saving and sharing out lots of seeds.Never tried as cut flower ,but will give it a go next year.Can reccomend trying it if you like something unusual

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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort) has silvery leaves with purple hanging bells, one of the best annual foliage plants. I absolutely love this and it gently self-sows, so you never need buy it again.
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