Also known as
Cupid's Dart, Blue Daisy, Blue-Flowered Cupid's Dart, Blue Succory, Compulsion-Of-Love, Cornflower, Flower Of Love, Greek Love Plant, Blue Strawflower
CATANANCHE CAERULEA - LLANERA - IB-372 (Cervellina) by Isidre blanc (CC BY-SA 4.0)
3 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Blue Cupidone Overview
Catanache caerulea is a short-lived perennial species in the daisy family, Asteraceae (Asteraceae). It is deciduous and thus loses its green foliage in the autumn and regrows new leaves in the spring. Foliage is grass-like and flowers are violet-blue in colour. These are produced in sprays on branching stems and appear from mid-summer through to autumn. Flowers are daisy-like and measure between 3-5cm across. They lead onto attractive papery seedheads. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden! It has a bushy habit and is hardy down to -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun, in well-draining soil for optimal growth.
Common problems with Blue Cupidone
How to propagate Blue Cupidone
Take root cuttings in winter.
Divide plants in spring.
Special features of Blue Cupidone
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Blue Cupidone
Dried arrangements, cutting bed, border