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botanical name:
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Blue Wax Flower, Honeywort
family:  Boraginaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.45m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: purple
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
description:
A striking form of this European annual with blue-green fleshy foliage, steely deep blue bracts and small tubular, nodding, blue-purple flowers. Usually flowers from May to July, sometimes later. Produces quite large seeds in late summer or autumn and will quite often self-seed freely if the conditions are suitable.

cultivation:
Prefers reasonably moist, well drained loamy or light sandy soil but will grow in well cultivated clay soils. Full sun or part shade. Fairly hardy and self-sown seedlings will usually survive through winter.

propagation:
From seed sown in spring or autumn.

usage:
Borders, attractive to wildlife.

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