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. They make the top of this 2-ft.-tall plant look as if it’s been dipped in blue dye. Bloom period runs from spring to fall. This is easy to grow from seed and even self-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.)
Mounding growth to 6 to 12 in. high and 1 1/2 to 3 ft.wide. Lacy, silvery blue foliage; flowers not sh...
Native to desert Southwest and mountains. Grows 4 ft. tall and half as wide, withslender, spreading br...
Lavenderflowers precede foliage thatopens pink, matures to limeand gold, then shades to green.