Catananche caerulea alba (Cupid's Dart) seeds
Very pretty perennial with white, papery flowers with a contrasting purple centre above grey green foliage. A versatile plant that attracts bees and butterflies, is drought tolerant and also excellent for cutflowers.
Flowers: June to September
Height: 60cm, Spread: 40cm
Position: Sun in well drained soil
Packet of 40 seeds
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Sowing Instructions: Sow at any time of year except early to mid summer (too much heat while the seedlings are growing can result in spindly plants). Sowing in late summer produces larger plants and is recommended if your soil is heavy or badly drained.
Sow 3mm deep in a moist, free-draining seed compost in pots or trays and cover with a very fine sprinkling of sieved compost or vermiculite. Seal in a polythene bag or place in a propagator and maintain at 15-20C. Germination usually takes 7 to 14 days.
Growing Instructions: When seedlings are large enough to handle, pot up individually into 8cm pots and grow on in cooler conditions, preferably 10-15C. Maintain plants in pots and over winter in a well-ventilated, cool frost-free place as necessary. Gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions before planting out in the garden in a sunny position.