Catananche

This plant, which has the common name of Cupid’s Love Dart, has been known in gardens for very many years, although its full value as a cut flower has only recently become recognised. It is most effective as a border plant and produces an abundance of blooms over a long period. It has narrow grass-foliage, while the flowers on 2-3-ft-stems are somewhat like those of a cornflower. The texture of the petals is after the style of the ‘everlastings’. The flowers last well in water and may be packed without harm, and are available from July until September.

They like full sun and a rather light, well-drained soil, and may be propagated from seed sown as soon as it is ripe or from division or root cuttings, the best time for moving the plants being in the spring.

Catananche cerulea, ‘Major’, is a particularly good variety with bright blue flowers; it also has a white form, a lavender form and one which bears white and deep purple blooms, known as C. cerulea bicolor.

Catananche

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