Cerinthe (aka Honeywort) was new for me in the cutting garden in 2017. As soon as I saw it’s drooping flower heads I knew that the bees were going to LOVE it. The bumblebees were especially fond of it’s bell shaped flowers. It quickly became a favorite of mine in bouquets as well, since it lasts for 10 days or more.
The blue green foliage has a waxy feel, it almost appears to be a succulent (which is probably why it lasts so long in bouquets). The blueish flowers combines with the bright green stems and purplish leaves near the flowers makes the perfect combination in my mind. It’s not a big showy flower, but it holds its own when combined with other flowers.
Cerinthe is an open pollinated annual flower. It blooms prolifically throughout the summer and is tolerant of some cold in the fall. It attracts large quantities of pollinators, particularly bumblebees. Packet includes 25 seeds.
Cerinthe major purpurescens
DAYS TO GERMINATION:
5-21 days at 65-85°F (18-29°C)
DAYS TO MATURITY:
65 – 70 Days
Transplant: sow 6 weeks before last frost directly into cell packs or soil blocks. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost.
Direct seed: Sow seeds 1/4″ deep after last frost.
Well-drained soil of moderate fertility.