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Blue Cupidone

Catananche caerulea

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)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Blue Cupidone

A close up of a purple Catananche caerulea flower
A close up of a purple Catananche caerulea flower
A close up of a purple Catananche caerulea flower
Side view of a purple Catananche caerulea flower
Some purple Catananche caerulea flowers in some grass

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

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Other uses of Blue Cupidone

Dried arrangements, cutting bed, border