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A picture of a Great Honeywort

Great Honeywort

Cerinthe major

Also known as

Blue Shrimp Plant

Cerinthe major (flower) by Hans Hillewaert (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Great Honeywort

A close up of some Cerinthe major flowers
A close up of some yellow and purple Cerinthe major flowers
A close up of some yellow purple Cerinthe major flowers
A close up of some Cerinthe major flowers and green blue leaves
Some Cerinthe major in flower

Great Honeywort Overview

Cerinthe major is an unusual species from the Boraginaceae family, commonly known as Great Honeywort after the sweet nectar. It produces beautiful blue-green leaves on tall upright stems, typically growing to around 60cm in height. In late spring, bell-shaped, yellow flowers, which are well-loved by bees, appear, surrounded by blue-purple modified leaf structures, termed bracts. It may be grown as an annual plant in most climates, or as a half-hardy perennial in milder locations.

How to propagate Great Honeywort

Seed

Special features of Great Honeywort

Attracts bees

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers