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botanical name:
Catananche caerulea
Catananche caerulea © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Cupid's Dart
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.60m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: blue
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
Short-lived cornflower-like perennial forming clumps of grassy, hairy, linear leaves. Solitary, blue to lilac-blue flowerheads, darker in the centres, up to 5cm across, from midsummer to autumn.

Any well drained soil in full sun. Best treated as an annual or biennial, especially in heavy conditions.

From seed or by division in spring.

Sunny borders. Flowers may be cut and dried.

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