Cerinthe Pride of Gibraltar - Renee&
Cerinthe Pride of Gibraltar - Renee&
Cerinthe Pride of Gibraltar - Renee&
Cerinthe Pride of Gibraltar - Renee&
Cerinthe Pride of Gibraltar - Renee&

Cerinthe Pride of Gibraltar - Renee's Garden Seeds

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Cerinthe major atropurpurea

Cerinthe, featured at Sissinghurst Castle in England, is actually a native of the Greek Islands. This hard to find annual is decidedly a favorite in plant lovers’ circles. These fascinating and unusually-colored plants have indigo-violet bells rimmed in white that dangle gracefully from bronzy-blue bracts above rounded gray-green leaves. They make a show-stopping color accent in the garden or as cut flowers for indoor arrangements. 
Seed Count: Approx. 25 - 30 / Weight: 1.5 g

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

March - April
Mild climates Fall

Full sun or
partial shade

3/4 inch

4 - 6 inches

7 - 10 days

2 - 2.5 feet

TO START OUTDOORS

In spring, once all danger of frost is past, sow seed directly where plants are to grow in ordinary well-drained soil in full sun. In mild climates, Cerinthe can also be sown in fall for spring blooms. Poke the large seeds into the soil about 3⁄4 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches apart and firm soil gently over them.

 TO START EARLY INDOORS

Start seeds indoors in 4 inch pots about 4 to 6 weeks before last frost date. Keep moist, but not soggy and provide a strong light source. Once seedlings are 4 to 6 inches tall, acclimate to outdoor conditions and transplant into a sunny spot, in well-drained garden soil. Thin or transplant seedlings 8 to 12 inches apart. Avoid disturbing seedling roots.

 GROWING NOTES

Cerinthe prefers full sun, but can take dappled shade, although plants will be more rangy in habit. Be patient; plants are undistinguished until they come into bloom. By late spring, the dramatic blue bracts will turn more purple at the tips, then the clusters of purple bells trimmed with a white edge unfurl. Grow near pastel cleome or cosmos for an exciting color contrast.

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