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Honeywort

Cerinthe spp.

Cerinthe minor (7316907402) by Radio Tonreg (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

40cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Honeywort

A close up of two Cerinthe flowers
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A close up of a Cerinthe  plant with yellow and blue flowers
A photo of Honeywort
A photo of Honeywort

Honeywort Overview

Cerinthe is a small genus containing around 6 annual, biennial or perennial species in the Boraginaceae family. These plants are commonly known by the name Honeywort, they are characterised by their slightly fleshy foliage and stems and their distinctive, vibrant, coloured structures surrounding their drooping flowers. The flowers are tubular to bell-shaped and usually blue-purple or yellow in colour. These plants tend to have bushy habits, they are half-hardy to around -5 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth.

How to propagate Honeywort

Seed

Special features of Honeywort

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves