Cerinthe major ‘Purpurescens’
PURPLE WAX FLOWER or HONEYWORT
“Honeywort” or “Purple Wax Flower” are very much in vogue with garden designers, and much loved by bees.
The oval, fleshy blue-green leaves are mottled with white and spiral up the stem, transforming themselves into tighter packed, sea blue bracts – and then the finale – small clusters of rich purple/blue tubular, nodding flowers appear throughout spring Summer.
In warmer regions C. major ‘Purpurescens’ can remain as an evergreen plant in warm areas, or given winter protection.
In colder regions it behaves as an annual. But it has great ability to self seed, and will perpetuate itself in around the same patch for many years. with no further help from us. It is not invasive.
Cerinthe is as tough as old boots.
It is water-wise, drought resistant once established, and thrives in heat.
Cerinthe major ‘Purpurescens’ enjoys Full Sun or Part Shade, and well drained soils either neutral or alkaline.
On heavier soils, incorporate plenty of grit (gravel) to improve drainage, prior to planting. 45cm H x 60cm W.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Indoors: Sow late winter early spring to 5mm deep into individual pots of good quality seed raising mix.
Water well and place in a warm position, or on a heat heat mat.
15-20°C is ideal for rapid germination.
Germination takes 14-28 days.
Grow on in a well lit position.
Acclimatize and plant out after danger of frost has passed.
Sowing Direct in the garden:
In August / September the seed can also be sown directly where it is to flower. Prepare the area well, sow to a depth of 3mm. Protect from late frosts.
Size- H: 45cm W: 60cm approx
Position- Full Sun, Partial Shade
Seed Count- 12 seeds per pack approx.