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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (common name 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.
Watch Sarah create a hand-tied bouquet with Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' as her secondary foliage, in How to Create a Hand Tied Bunch on the Sarah Raven YouTube channel.
- Good for beginners
|Soil Type:||Well drained soil, with plenty of organic matter.||Site:||Full sun and shelter||Hardiness:||Hardy|
|Sowing:||Tough coated seeds, best soaked for 12 hours and then sown under cover in March-April and/or late August-September. Will self-sow.|
|Final Thinning/Planting Distance:||30-40cm||Height:||60cm (2ft)||Spread:||60cm (2ft)|
|Flowers:||❀ June - September, or 12 weeks from spring sowing.|
|Flower production:||2-3 months|
|Vase life:||7-10 days.||Conditioning:||When sappy in spring, sear stem ends in boiling water for 30 seconds|