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Welcome to Country Garden Seeds! Flower Seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife. Do you dream of a beautiful garden full of scented flowers and buzzing with wildlife? Just sow a few packets of seeds for gorgeous flowers that your garden wildlife will love too. Here are some beautiful and easy plants for you to grow.
In October you can sow a batch of Hardy Annuals such as Sweet Peas which will grow to form sturdy young plants before winter sets in. Perennials and Wildflowers can also be sown now.

Cerinthe major Purpurascens

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Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' Seeds

Cerinthe major is an early flowering hardy annual with glaucous foliage and deep purple bell-like flowers. Cerinthe seeds are large and are very easy to sow and grow. Cerinthe is good in the garden grown with Borage and Salvia viridis and excellent for cutting providing both flowers and interesting foliage.
Commonly known as Honeywort, butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects love Cerinthe! Sow Cerinthe in spring for summer flowers then again in autumn for early flowers next year.

Genus Cerinthe major
Variety Purpurascens
Plant Type Hardy Annual (actually a perennial best grown as an annual) Cut Flower & Perfect for Pollinators
Height and Spread 45/60cm x 30/45cm (18/24 inches tall x 12/18 inches)
Sow Seeds Easy to grow. Sow outdoors in August/September then again in March/April/May
Thin/Plant Out Allow 30/45cm (12-/18 inches) between plants.
Conditions Required Prefers well drained soil in full sun. Keep picking and dead heading to encourage new flowers. Cerinthe are medium tall plants with heavy flower heads and need some support or the stems will bend.
Flower Production Takes 12 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers June to September.
Picking Pick Cerinthe early in the morning, remove lower leaves and stand them in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 30 seconds to help water uptake. Lasts 7-10 days in a vase.
Planting Combinations Cerinthe is one of the best annual foliage plants you can grow. Looks great with blue flowers. They grow particularly well with Calendula officinalis and Salvia viridis and lovely contrasting Calendula.

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