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Cupid's Dart Seeds, Blue

Catananche caerulea
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Blue Cupid's Dart produces attractive lavender-blue flowers. The daisy-like blooms contrast nicely with the grassy grey-green leaves. This perennial is a definite winner for filling borders.  Zone 4

Catananche caerulea

  • SKU: 100083
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Safe for bees
for Bees
Grow best in
Best In:
Full Sun
Days to germination
Days to
6 to 10 days
Water needs
Average 2.5 cm (1") per week
Growing height
Growing Height:
60 cm (24")
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  • Plant Type: Flower
  • Botanical Name: Catananche caerulea
  • Characteristics: cutting flower | attracts pollinators | dried flowers
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct | Start Indoors
  • Plant Lifecycle: Perennial (returns every year)
  • Seed Type: Heirloom
  • Color: Blue
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1") per week
  • Hardiness Zone(s): 4-9
  • Harvest/Bloom Season: June to July
  • Growth Habit: Mounding
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    Growing Instructions:

    Cupid's Dart seeds can be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be warmer than 20°C (68°F) for seeds to germinate. Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 3 mm (1/8") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. A hard spray can wash soil away, dislodge seeds and clump them together. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. Do not let the soil dry out, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions.

    For earlier blooms, seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant and row spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist, while they establish themselves in their new environment.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 3 mm (1/8")
  • Seed Spacing: 1.3 cm (1/2")
  • Plant Spacing: 30 cm (12")

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Growing Suggestions:
  • If started indoors, plants may flower in their first year.
  • Harvest Cupid's Dart flowers for indoor arrangements when flowers are open. Click here to learn more about harvesting flowers.

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