Cerinthe Seeds - Major
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 18 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Purple
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Humus rich, moist but well-drained soil, pH 5.8 - 7.2
Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep
Sowing Rate: 1 - 2 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 18 inches
Care & Maintenance: Cerinthe Major
Honeywort (Cerinthe Major Purpurascens) - To attract hummingbirds to your garden, start some Honeywort seeds! Cerinthe Major Purpurascens Honeywort is a hummingbird magnet, and it attracts bees and birds yet it is resistant to deer. This Honeywort plant is fast-growing and so rewarding to grow from flower seeds. Cerinthe Major has nodding clusters of rich, purple-blue, tube-like flowers on arching stems. The foliage is unique and just as attractive with mottled bluish mauve leaves that spiral up the many branching stems. Cerinthe Major is excellent in a container where it will drape gracefully over the sides, or it makes a great specimen plant for the flower garden. Honeywort is known to easily self-sow its own flower seeds for next year's marvelous blue flowers. Cerinthe Honeywort plants are continuous bloomers and can begin in the spring and bloom into the fall. Another common name for Cerinthe Major is Blue Wax Flower.
Cernithe Major Honeywort is native to the Mediterranean region and can be a tender perennial in frost-free climates. Start the Honeywort seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the last expected frost. Sow the flower seeds in pots and cover with 1/8 inch of soil. Keep soil moist but not saturated. Honeywort plants must be in well-draining soil. To use Cerinth Major as a cut flower, the ends of the stem need to be either flamed or dipped in hot water.