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Catananche caerulea (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)
Catananche caerulea (photo courtesy of Annie’s Annuals & Perennials)

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Zones 1-10, 14-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Catananche caerulea

Cupid’s Dart

Perennials, Flowers

This wispy, free-flowering European native thrives in summer borders, where its cornflower-like blooms can be cut for fresh or dried arrangements. Gray-green, grassy leaves form a clump to 1 ft. high and wide. Lavender-blue, 2-in. flowers surrounded by strawlike, shining bracts appear atop leafless, 2-ft. stems. ‘Alba’ has white blossoms, ‘Major’ deep blue-violet blooms. Plants will flower the first year from seed sown in early spring; deadhead to prolong bloom. Short-lived, but volunteer seedlings provide replacements.

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