Catananche caerulea
"Cupid's Dart"

Catananche caerulea Cupids Dart

Winning! We planted this “bang-for-the-buck” combo below of Catananache caerulea, Clarkia rubicunda blasdalei, and Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculatain our “too-busy-to-take-care-of” parking lot last year. “Cupid’s Dart” provides massesof sturdy, upright stems topped by fun pearly-papery buds that open into these lovely semi-double, purple-eyed, lavender-blue, 2” blooms for months!To 2’ tall and 20” across, this toughand EASY,fairly drought tolerant short-lived perennial makes the loveliest cut flowers.  The pearly-silver seed heads are really neat in dried arrangements, too! Best in well-drained soil. Can be divided and self-sows! COLD HARDY and deer resistant,plus butterflies! Ancient Greeks and Romans used the flowers as the main ingredient in love potions, hence the amorous common name “Cupid’s Dart”.

Catananche caerulea Cupids DartCatananche caerulea Cupids Dart

Annie

Full Sun
Low/Avg. Water

Perennial
USDA zones 4-10