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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
description:
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.

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

propagation:
From seed or by division in spring.

usage:
Sunny borders. Flowers may be cut and dried.

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