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Honeywort


Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens'

Honeywort

Honeywort earned its common name from the blooms' wonderful scent. It's also called blue shrimp plant, and it's just the ticket when you're looking to plant something unusual. The plant produces fascinating inch-long flower tubes surrounded by large, almost-heart shape bracts -- for all the world like tiny shrimp. The gray-green foliage is also attractive and serves as a striking foil to the purple-blue flowers.

Start from seed in spring after all danger of frost has past. Fertilize regularly. This Mediterranean native is drought-tolerant. It's a favorite of hummingbirds and bees and will reseed in conditions to its liking.

Light:
Sun
Zones:
9-10
Plant Type:
Annual
Plant Height:
2-3 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Drought Tolerant,Easy to Grow
Plant It With
Angelonia

Purple-flowering types of angelonia also resist drought and look great with honeywort's blue-green foliage.

Coralbells

Honeywort's purplish color can be subtle; make more impact by combining the plant with other purple foliage, such as coral bells.

Lamb's-ears

Honeywort looks fantastic with silver foliage, so grow it against a backdrop of silvery lamb's-ears.

Propagation
Seed