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Honeywort        

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'.

The plant has a bushy shape, with slightly drooping stems. The stems and leaves are fleshy and glaucus. The flowers are decorative bracts of dark purple and ble

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Royal purple and   Steel blue and   Deep magenta. The mature flowers are of a funnel form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Otter brown and   Saddle brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Laurel green and   Camouflage green colour. A type of non-edible flower / ornamental, 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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How to grow Honeywort

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

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  • Medium

Hardy and will self seed or can be grown as an annual

Honeywort likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. The USDA Zones typically associated with Honeywort are Zone 3 and Zone 9. Keep in mind when planting that Honeywort is thought of as half hardy, so remember to watch your frost dates and ensure you have this plant protected when the temperature dips.

Growing Honeywort from seed

Seeds are large and easy to handle. Keep seeds moist until germination. Can be sown the previous autumn directly into the front og the flower bed Ensure a distance of 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.39 inches (1.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Honeywort

Plant out when 3-4 inches high. Place at the front of the border in a sunny position

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Honeywort is a half hardy plant.

Seed Saving Honeywort

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.

Companion plants for Honeywort

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Honeywort so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Honeywort

These plants will not grow well with Honeywort so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Honeywort problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Honeywort plants:

Other names for Honeywort

Blue Shrimp Plant, Blue Wax Flower, Blue Kiwi, Pride of Gibraltar

Cerinthe major

Honeywort care instructions

How long does Honeywort take to grow?

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