CERINTHE major 'Purpurascens'

(CERINTHE major var. purpurascens)




Height: 12-18" (30-50cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Purple

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Polemoniales (Polemonium Order)
Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-Not Family)
Genus: Cerinthe (Honeywort)
Species: purpurascens (becoming purple)
Cerinthe major purpurascens

Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' is a plant that has become popular in recent years. It has large, glaucous blue-green leaves, becoming progressively bluer as they go up the stem, and terminating in a dense cluster of deep blue bracts with a deep purple bell, white inside, in the centre. The stems can reach 18" or more, when the weight of the flowers often causes them to flop over, but they are more impressive if the stems can be held upright so that the colours of the drooping tip can be appreciated.

The large woody seeds sometimes produce two plants.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


Propagator (23 days)
Outside (16 days)

Seed Pod There is no seedpod. The seed is held at the base of the blue calyx.

Seed The seeds are large woody black beads. There is one seed from each flower.

Seedling The seedling has two large rounded bluish seed leaves.

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