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Thompson & Morgan Cerinthe Major Purpurascens 10 Seed

Thompson & Morgan Cerinthe Major Purpurascens 10 Seed

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Cerinthe Major Purpurascens

This is a highly versatile, aristocratic border plant. The fleshy blue-green leaves with white mottling, spiral up the stem, transforming themselves into tighter packed, sea blue bracts, and then the finale, small clusters of rich purple/blue tubular, nodding flowers, which are cream inside and loved by bees. As an evergreen, Mediterranean native, give some protection during hard winters. Height: 60-75cm.

Sow in spring 1.5mm deep in a good seed compost. Make sure the compost is moist but not wet and seal inside a polythene bag until germination which usually takes 5-21 days at 21C. The seed can also be sown in mid to late spring where it is to flower and covered to a depth of 3mm. Transplant the seedlings when large enough to handle into boxes, spacing them 5cm apart. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 1-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost 15cm apart in full sun and ordinary well-drained soil.

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