PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'|
|Cerinthe, Honeywort, Blue shrimp plant|
|Deep purple, almost indigo, clusters of bells dangle above attractive glaucous, grey-green foliage. This wildflower is much loved by bees and butterflies. It self-seeds happily (but not invasively) in the gravel patio area in my garden, where it looks charming.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|The seed coating is quite hard, so it may be advisable to soak seeds overnight before sowing. Sow in early spring individually in small pots or modules of well-moistened compost and cover, preferably with vermiculite, to a depth of .5in/10mm. Place in a propagator or sealed plastic bag at 64-68C/18-20F, maintaining a slightly lower temperature for a couple of weeks after germination. Acclimatise young plants to outside conditions before planting out in final positions. Can also be sown November-December for early flowering in April-May of the following year.|