Cupid's Dart (Catanache)

Cupid’s Dart (Catananche caerulea) is a perennial wildflower grown for its tall stems of charming lavender-blue flowers that appear in mid-summer, attracting butterflies. Flowers bloom on tall, wiry stems over low, grassy foliage. Catananche is a popular cottage garden species that mixes easily into the perennial border where it will re-seed itself when happy. Excellent for mass planting, and fresh or dried flowers.
Zones4 - 7
Attract Butterflies
Easy To Grow
Deer Resistant
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Dried Flowers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 12-24" wide
Mature Spread8-12" wide
Bloom TimeMid summer to early fall
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Cupid’s Dart (Catananche caerulea) is a popular perennial wildflower from the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe, enjoyed for its lavender-blue flowers from mid-summer into early fall. The common name, Cupid’s Dart, is derived from its use by the early Greeks and Romans to make love potions. Best grown in loose, well-draining soil that has a balance of loam and sand, with medium moisture. Avoid unamended heavy clay soils and wet soils, especially in winter. Plants do not perform well in the heat and humidity of the deep South. Recommended companion plant for Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum), White Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), and summer-blooming Alliums.

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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
Cupid's Dart
Botanical Name
Catananche caerulea
4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
12-24" wide
Mature Spread
8-12" wide
Bloom Time
Mid summer to early fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Attract Butterflies, Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To Canada
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