Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort)

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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort)

Post by Angela Fuller on Wed May 22, 2013 7:48 am

Can really recommend this plant, an early flowering annual, blue grey foliage, purple bell like flowers, height 1 - 2 ft, self sows,will try to post a picture.......not sure if we can ?????
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Re: Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort)

Post by Perlasca on Wed May 22, 2013 9:06 am

I think you may have introduced this to me Angie in a Facebook group!

I stuck some seeds in last year and then couldn't remember what these rather exotic looking things were when they all came up! Bees love the flowers and the plant does look slightly tropical. And if they are going to self-seed they are almost my perfect plant

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Re: Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort)

Post by Angela Fuller on Wed May 22, 2013 10:33 am

Yes, Perlasca, I did post a picture of it on a FB site, glad you picked up on it and sowed a few seeds. It is the perfect plant for ground cover when other plants getting established, roses, shrubs etc but beware.....it is amazingly prolific so I do find myself pulling lots out. When back in UK I had no luck growing it, (10 seeds £2.50 and none would grow), maybe the answer is fresh seed.....Just given my neighbour a load of last years seed, hopefully they will germinate and the bees will have a good time...The other must have on banks plant is Thyme as I am sure you know, one of my fav' plants...... Where abouts are you ? I am nr Gualdo, Marche.
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Re: Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort)

Post by Gala Placidia on Wed May 22, 2013 8:12 pm

I did not know this plant, but it looks beautiful and easy to grow. It also has a long and interesting history: http://www.alchemy-works.com/info_honeywort.html
Fascinating!
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Re: Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort)

Post by Angela Fuller on Thu May 23, 2013 6:09 am

I forgot to say it makes a good cut flower too. You just need to sear the stems first and it should last for up to a week in a vase. My early Spring sown seed is a mass of flower now and if you stagger the sowing you can have flowers from May until Nov....just sow diractly into the ground....
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Where to get some seeds?

Post by strawberrystar on Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:22 am

Hello everyone

This sounds like a dream plant for me! Can you point me in the direction of a place where I could purchase some seeds (hopefully at a slightly more reasonable - and successful - price than in the UK!)

Thanks very much

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Re: Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' (Honeywort)

Post by Angela Fuller on Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:30 am

Hello strawberrystar....(nice name).  I do have seeds but strangely I cannot locate them where they should be....I have a bank of it flowering now so I will collect the seeds. Maybe fresh is the best, so will collect a load......and send some to you if you PM address.....Angie
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