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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.
|Border Position||Middle, Front|
|Soil Type||Fertile, Neutral|
|Site||Full Sun, Shelter|
|Spacing||Spread 60cm (24in), thin to 30-40cm (12-15in)|
|Sowing, Seeds, Planting||Tough coated seeds, best soaked for 12 hours and then sown under cover in mid spring or late summer.|
|Care Tips||Can be grown in container pots. 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.|
|Flowering||June - September, 12 weeks from spring sowing|
|Vase Life||7-10 days. When sappy in spring, sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds.|
|Harvesting||Flower production: 2-3 months.|
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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' reviews
Easy and striking
Reviewed 15th June 2015 by Cat Lawton
This is the first year I have ever grown honeywort, never having seen it except in Sarah Raven pics. I decided to plant all of my seeds and every single one germinated. I've never had much skill with growing from seed but these have been easy and successful, despite my inconsistent care. It is quite unusual and the dainty purple flowers against the glaucous foliage are beautiful together.
Reviewed 5th May 2015 by Jean Hughes
Not had this in my garden in a number of years then one suddenly pops up in February. By the end of March it was huge and in flower by the front door.
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