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Cerinthe major purpurascens
Honeywort is part of the Cerinthe genus. Its scientific name is Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'. The botanical name epithet for Honeywort (major) means 'great'.Blooms appear in these approximate colours: Royal purple and Steel blue and Deep magenta. The mature flowers are of a funnel form. Leaves appear approximately as a Laurel green and Camouflage green colour. A type of non-edible flower, it mainly grows as an annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Honeywort is known for growing to a height of approximately 1.95 feet (that's 60.0 cm in metric) with a erect habit. This plant tends to bloom in late spring. Honeywort is a great plant to attract bees to your garden.
Honeywort is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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Keep seeds moist until germination.Aim for a seed spacing of approx. 0.2 inches (0.5 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.
Plant out when 3-4 inches highEnsure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Honeywort is a half hardy plant.
Will self seed.
Check the ground beneath large plants every few days, gathering small handfuls of the cylindrical black seeds as they fall.
It is also possible to harvest whole branches of blooming honeywort, bringing them inside to dry. Keep the branches lightly covered with cheesecloth or newspaper to keep the seed from shooting across the room as it dries. Although many seeds will be unripe when you gather the branches, most will ripen to maturity as the bracts wither.
To save honeywort seed over the winter, place it in a clean, dry jar with a small packet of film desiccant. A tablespoon of dried milk powder, loosely wrapped in a square of cheesecloth, will similarly absorb moisture from the air, keeping the seeds properly dry until spring.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Honeywort so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Honeywort so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Honeywort plants:
Blue Shrimp Plant, Blue Wax Flower, Blue Kiwi, Pride of Gibraltar