Honeywort 'Purpurascens'

Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Blue Wax Flower, Honeywort

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A close up of a Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' flower
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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' is an unusual plant from the Boraginaceae family, commonly known as Blue Wax Flower or Honeywort after the sweet nectar this plant produces. It produces beautiful blue-green leaves on tall upright stems, typically growing to around 60cm in height. In late spring, small, tubular, purple 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. This plant 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!
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Propagation

Special features

Attracts bees

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Boraginaceae

Flower colour

Purple

Scent

Mild
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