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Cupid's Dart (Catanache)

Catananche caerulea
SKU: HC017881
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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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.
key features
Botanical Name
Catananche caerulea
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Long Bloom Time, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Bloom Time
Mid summer to early fall


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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