Catananche Caerulea Blue
This is such a wonderful perennial that is perfect for cottage gardens,borders and any place that you want a beautiful blue flower.The bloom season for Cupid's Dart is long, lasting all summer and into fall. Grown from seeds, this long-stemmed flower is superb for cutting. Commonly known as Cupid's Dart or Love Plant, it is well-known for its stunning blue blooms with dark blue eyes. Performs well in hot and dry conditions with well drained soil. Height of about 24 inches. Zones 3-8.
Tips on How to Grow Cupids Dart
They can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or started indoors for transplanting later.
If started early, they can bloom the first year. For an early start, Plant them indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area.Sow the Cupid's Dart seeds on the surface and lightly cover the flower seeds with moistened soil.Keep the flower seeds moist until germination. When seedlings are large enough to handle transplant them into 3 inch pots. Keep them in a light place but not in direct sun.Gradually harden Cupid's Dart plants to outside conditions for 10 - 15 days before planting them in their permanent place after frost season has passed
Cover Cupid's Dart seeds lightly with soil, about 1/8". Space seeds 3"-4" apart. Thin seedlings to 12" apart.
|They prefer full sun, and a rich, well drained soil. They are a drought tolerant plant. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Add a general purpose fertilizer once a month.|
|Cupid's Dart will grow up to two feet. They produce blue flowers on thin, wiry stems. Leaves are thin and grayish green in color. After flowers have died, pinch off the dead flower heads to promote new blooms.|
|Cupid's Dart are resistant to insects and disease. Mildew problems may occur in warm, humid weather. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.|