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Commonly known as Honeywort, a captivating annual prized for its exquisite foliage and enchanting flowers. With its pendulous clusters of tubular blooms in shades of purple, blue, and sometimes yellow, complemented by silvery-green foliage, An  easy and early blooming bouquet filler.


When to Sow: Feb- Apr & Aug/Sep

Sow indoors - Sow into moist well drained compost and cover with a 5mm of soil. Ideal temp. 15-20°C. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into individual pots. Keep well watered until established.  Late summer sowings will bloom the following spring

Can also be sowed direct where they are to flower in April 


  • Classification: Hardy Annual
  • Expert Level:  Easy to Grow
  • Germination Time : 2-4 Weeks


  • Site: Full Sun/Part Sun
  • Soil Type: Chalk/ Sand/Loam
  • Soil Acidity: All Types
  • Mositure: Well drained
  • Care: Cut and come again variety. Pinching not necessary. Cut flowers regularly to encourage growth and prolong flowering. Deadhead if you do not want it to self-seed.
  • Use: Garden Borders, Cut Flowers
  • Harvesting: Cut once flowers are fully formed. Dip stems  into  boiling water to seal the stems and prevent wilting.
  • Days to Maturity:  65-70days


  • Vase Life: 7-10 Days
  • Height: 60cm
  • Plant Spacing:  20cm

Cerinthe Major "Purpurescens"

  • 20 Seeds per packet Approx

    Please note that the majority of our seeds are packed by volume so the number of seeds indicated is an approximation.

    We make every effort to provide British seeds where possible, but in some cases our British Growers are unable to grow in sufficient quantities to meet our demand or the seeds are subject to Plant breeders' rights which means it is only possible for us to buy these seeds from certain non UK flower farms 


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