Blue Shrimp Plant, Blue Wax Flower
Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
KIWI BLUE Honeywort
These incredibly attractive 24-30 inch plants produce a wealth of steel-blue bracts that frame rich purple-blue, nodding bell-shaped flowers from June to September. These blooms are loved by hummingbirds and bees. Easy to grow and an easy color to blend with other annuals and perennials. A winter hardy perennial to zone 8, Kiwi Blue honeywort can be grown as an annual anywhere. Self-sows, is not invasive, and will be welcomed back to your garden year after year.
How to Plant Honeywort Seeds
Sow seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Kept at 70°F., germination is in 5-21 days. Transplant into the garden 10-12 inches apart after all danger of frost.
Growing Honeywort: Full or part sun. Tolerates heat. Will accept a wide varietiy of soils as long as drainage is good. Decidedly drought tolerant, plants grow larger, bloom heavier with average water. Location and soil impact ultimate size. Given full sun, rich soil, ample water, can reach 4 feet high. In sun, lean soil, with little water, plants rarely top 2 feet. In shade, they will be shorter still. Provide good cut flowers when stems are singed with a match or plunged into boiling water. Deer resistant. Attracts bees and hummingbirds.