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Catananche caerulea 'Alba'

Cupid's Dart

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Mark Bolton
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Plant details

At first glance this easily grown perennial may look like a cornflower, but its strawy white flowers last far longer and are excellent for cutting and drying. A sandy soil suits this Mediterranean plant best where it can bask in sunshine for most of the day.

Family: Compositae

Genus: Catananche

Species: caerulea

Cultivar: Alba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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