Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'
Rising above clumps of fleshy, blue-green leaves, the purplish blue upper leaves and flower bracts of honeywort are what first attract gardeners to this Mediterranean native. Theymake the top of this 2-ft.-tallplant look as if it’s been dipped in blue dye. Bloom period runsfrom spring to fall. This is easyto grow from seed and evenself-sows without being invasive. In mild-winter climates, seedlings may appear in late summer and bloom the following spring, behaving like biennials or short-lived perennials. (The plain species, whose flowers have a 1-in.-long purple tube opening to a yellow interior, is rarely seen.)
Native to Europe. Coarse,rather weedy garden plant to3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide, withfinely divided, br...
Thespecies can reach 10 ft. talland 4 ft. wide; it has light green,deeply lobed leaves to 4 in.long an...
Lavenderflowers precede foliage thatopens pink, matures to limeand gold, then shades to green.