Catananche caerulea

A charming white variety of the popular “Cupid’s Dart” that offers the same 1.5” delicate flowers, layered with overlapping petals and brilliant purple “eyes” reflected in pale lavender margins. These fringed flowers, sought out by butterflies, resemble Chicory flowers. They rise singly on wiry stems from a basal clump of narrow, lanceolate grayish-green leaves. Flowers bloom freely from Mid-Summer to Autumn, making this Catananche an ideal addition to your Fall-flowering garden. Early Greeks and Romans used this Mediterranean native to make love potions, hence the common name “Cupid’s Dart”. Curiously, the Genus is Greek for “a strong incentive” and people who come across this dazzling beauty do feel a pull to take one home. Makes an excellent cut flower, given its height (20-24”) and the fact it dries well. Grow in well-drained, humus-rich soil and avoid heavy clay soils. Drought tolerant once established. Short-lived deciduous perennial but may self-seed under optimal conditions.

Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Low Water

Short-Lived Perennial
USDA zones 4-10