Cupid’s Dart

14 May

Cupid’s Dart (Catananche caerulea), deciduous, clumping growth to 2-3 feet in height with equal spread, blue 2 inch flowers resemble Cornflowers, bloom through summer, full sun, good cut flower.

This wispy, free-flowering European native thrives in summer borders, where its cornflower-like blooms can be cut for fresh or dried arrangements. Gray-green,grassy leaves form a clump to 1 ft. high and wide. Lavender-blue, 2-in. flowers surrounded by straw-like, shining bracts appear atop leafless, 2-ft. stems. ‘Alba’ has white blossoms, ‘Major’ deep blue-violet blooms. Plants will flower first year from seed sown in early spring; deadhead to prolong bloom. Short-lived, but volunteer seedlings provide replacements.

Ancient Greeks & Romans used the flowers as the main ingredient in love potions, hence the amorous common name “Cupid’s Dart”

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