Catananche caerulea
"Cupid’s Dart"

Winning! We planted this “bang-for-the-buck” combo below of Catananache caerulea, Clarkia rubicunda blasdalei, and Cotyledon orbiculata var. orbiculata in 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 tough and 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”.

Earl,
Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Avg./Low Water

Perennial
USDA zones 4-10