Cupid's Dart - Catananche Caerulea
This is an easy to raise, free flowering plant for the front of the border. The brilliant sky blue flowers are freely produced and are excellent for cutting, lasting a long time in water. They can also be dried for winter decoration. It will flower the same year from a late winter sowing. Height: 60cm.
Sow from late winter to spring in a good seed compost just covering the seed with compost and gently firm down compost. Germination usually takes 21-25 days at 19-24C. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow on in cooler conditions. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 1-15 days before planting out after all risk of frost, 45cm apart in a sunny spot on light well drained soil.