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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'


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This beautiful hardy annual has become very much in vogue in recent years. It has oval, fleshy blue-green leaves, mottled with white, and rich purple-blue, tubular flowers held inside sea blue bracts. Bees love it and can be seen buzzing around the plants in summer. For early blooms, sow in pots indoors in early spring. Alternatively sow outdoors in April. Once introduced into the garden, self-sown seedlings will mean that it rarely disappears.

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Cerinthe

Species: major

Cultivar: Purpurascens

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: April to April

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