Purple Tear Honeywort Seeds

4.125 out of 5 stars
(8 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
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 (~27 seeds)

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

8 reviews

Stunning Cut Flower

5 out of 5 stars Jul 22, 2018
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 from OR

Purple Tear Honeywart

5 out of 5 stars Sep 17, 2019
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 from ME

Great Success with these Seeds!

5 out of 5 stars Mar 30, 2020
Started in my hoophouse, all germinated, doing great! Very happy to find Honeywort!
Elizabeth Van from WA


1 out of 5 stars Jul 30, 2020
These plants were not hardy for me. The foliage was not the blue color as on packaging and the blossoms were a dull pink just around the edges.
Carol Lee Pepitone from TN
Owner Response: Hi Carol, The bracts around the flowers show deeper blue colors and nights cool in fall.

Beautiful blooms and leaves

5 out of 5 stars Jul 31, 2020
I have ordered these twice from BI and have not been disappointed... beautiful deep lavender Bell shaped flowers with dark sage colored leaves - I planted them in pots this year and they are just as prolific as in the ground in my flower bed
Joyce from MN

Hummingbird and Bee attractor

5 out of 5 stars Jul 20, 2021
Every single seed germinated. The Hummingbirds and Bees love this!! I have 9 plants spread around my cottage garden. I will definitely items be growing this each year.
Heather from IA

So So

2 out of 5 stars Oct 12, 2021
1 seed germinated, but it was pretty
Ronnie Bowen from SC
Owner Response: We are sorry you had difficulty germinating these seeds. A customer service agent will contact you by email to help.

Beautiful hardy plants--great filler

5 out of 5 stars Dec 12, 2021
This is my second season planting these, I adored them in the garden. Germination was excellent over multiple sowings, they were pest resistant, grew quickly, and tolerated light frost and the heat. Stunning filler in bouquets and will be a regular in the cut flower patch. And great quantity for the price!
Sarah from CA

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