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Honeywort

Cerinthe major ssp. purpurascens. Incredibly easy to grow from seed, it might even seed itself after a happy season in your garden. Soak seeds overnight, then direct-sow after the last spring frost date or raise as transplants 6 to 8 weeks before. Deer resistant. Annual. Mid-summer/fall-flowering. Height: 18" to 30".

Average seed life: 1 year.

Honeywort

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Honeywort's eucalyptus-esque, leathery foliage is a compelling silvery blue-green, making it a wonderful foliage plant even before the flowers appear. But the blooms push this plant over the top: nodding and hop-like, with dusky, deep blue, overlapping tepals shrouding a dark purple tubular flower. Special thanks to cultivar413/Flicker (CC BY 2.0) for the use of the second photo!

One packet of about 50 seeds

Catalog #7399
$3.85
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Gardening Tips

Honeywort Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/16”
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:12”-15”
Days to Germination:15-20 days
Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

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".