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Catananche caerulea 'Major' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

Cupid's dart 'Major'

Family

Asteraceae


Catananche may be annuals or short-lived perennials with narrow leaves and solitary flowers heads with silvery bracts and strap-shaped florets; can be dried

'Major' is an herbaceous perennial to 60cm in height, with erect, grassy leaves and branched sprays of dark-centred, lavender-blue daisies 5cm in width

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Suited to any well-drained soil in full sun; good drought resistance. Often short-lived if grown on heavy soil

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by division in spring or by root cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Cut Flowers or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildews