Purple Tear Honeywort Seeds

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Popular in 16th century England, this unusual beauty is making a comeback in ornamental and cut-flower gardens for good reason—it's gorgeous in arrangements and lasts a long time. In the garden, it pairs nicely with bronze and deep-purple or red foliage. The plant is tough, thriving in lean and poor soils, as well as drought conditions and heat. Watch the bees and hummingbirds come calling for its sweet nectar.
$2.69 2 grams

Botanical Name: Cerinthe major

Family: Boraginaceae

Native: Mediterranean region

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer; often grown as an annual

Plant Dimensions: 16"–32" tall

Variety Information: 1" brilliant violet flowers surrounded by rich-blue bracts that get deeper in color with cooler nights toward the end of the season.

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date. Succession sow after a month for continual bloom.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 7 – 21 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12" — 18"

Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 12" — 18"

Special Instructions: Honeywort is tough, but may look a little tired after transplanting. Don't worry, plants will perk up in a week or two once they have established roots in their new space. Deadheading (cutting spent blooms) promotes another flush of flowers. Honeywort may reseed; remove spent flowers and seed heads if this is not desired. For long-lasting cut flowers, cut in the morning, and don't fret when cuttings appear to wilt; dip the bottom of the stem in boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds and flowers will perk up in a vase of cool to warm water.

Special Care: Soaking seeds for 12 hours prior to sowing speeds germination.

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Purple Tear Honeywort Seeds Reviews

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Stunning Cut Flower
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This flower is a knockout in the landscape and in a cut-flower arrangement. It's particularly beautiful with dark, wine-colored tulips. Very hardy once you get it started.
Stacy Green

Purple Tear Honeywart
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Easily grown from seed and the blue green foliage is attractive even in immaturity. My plants have continuously bloomed for many weeks and are still blooming mid- September. I grow many perennials and some annuals and these plants are the favorites of bees, competing with their second favorite -lettuce leaf poppies. I am starting to collect the hard black seeds before they are dispersed so that I can grow them again next year in many places in the gardens. They are unusual and charming in their way. With cooler weather the blue coloration in the foliage increases handsomely. It is fun and beneficial to grow this heirloom plant.
Judy Goodell

Great Success with these Seeds!
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Started in my hoophouse, all germinated, doing great! Very happy to find Honeywort!
Elizabeth Van

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