A gardener could easily fall in love with long-blooming Cupid's Dart. Catananche caerulea is a charming plant. It was historically used in love potions, hence the name, and still symbolises love in the language of flowers. It produces blooms of blue, star like flowers each with a dark eye and unique papery petals. The blooms rise on single stems above neat clumps of grey-green foliage, the strong stems hold up to wind and rain. Remove faded blooms to encourage more buds to form. Short-lived, but will often self sow. Choose a bright, sunny site with better than average drainage. Drought tolerant, once established. This beautiful fast-growing perennial is very easy to grow.  They make a wonderful show in containers and are a long lasting cut or dried flower. They look best when grown in groupings, rather than one or two plants and don’t mind crowding. Mix them up a little with other hardy perennials such as Achillea, Echinacea, Gaura, Perovskia and Rudbeckia; or grow them with  grasses in a meadow garden.


Sun Exposure:  full sun  

Soil type: average to poor soils (if the soil is too rich they won’t last long)

Soil PH:  all

Soil Moisture: average to dry (drought tolerant) (roots will rot in soggy soils so good drainage is required)

Care level:  Easy

Flower color: blue

Bloom time: early to late summer

Foliage Color: grey green

Uses and Characteristics:  Accent: Good Texture/Form,  Border,  Containers,  Cut Flower, Dried flower,  massed, meadow gardens, drought tolerant once established. .

Flower head size: small

Height: 45-70 cm (18-27”)

Spread:25-30 cm (10-12”)

Growth Rate: mediumPropagation:  By division in spring or fall. Or from seed.  (generally short lived so consider dividing every spring to keep it vigorous). 

Catanananche Caerulea (blue), Cupid’s Dart, Zones 3-9

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