Days to Germination:15-20 days
Cerinthe major ssp. purpurascens. Easy to grow, Honeywort prefers to be direct-sown in full to partial sunlight in a sandy, well-draining spot in the garden. Soak seeds overnight, then direct-sow after the last frost date or raise as transplants 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after threat of frost has passed. Provide even moisture and strong light. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them outside over 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting out. Once seedlings are 2" tall, thin or transplant 12" to 15" apart. When happy, Honeywort may self-sow, yielding seedlings to spread about the garden or share with friends next spring. Try this floriferous annual in containers, too, where its glaucous, textural foliage and dusky purple flowers can be admired up close. Mid-summer/fall-flowering. Height: 18" to 30".