Love Plant, Cupid's Dart
Catananche caerulea 'Amor Blue'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Catananche (kat-AN-ak-ee) (Info)
Species: caerulea (see-ROO-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Amor Blue

Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glen Avon, California

Greenville, Indiana

South China, Maine

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 20, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Catananche - Cupid's Dart
Consisting of 5 species of annuals and perennials from the Mediterranean region, this genus of the daisy family is usually represented in gardens by only one of these, the common Cupid's dart (Catananche caerulea). Their growth form is like a dandelion, with narrow basal leaves radiating from a root crown, and leafless flowering stems each terminating in a showy blue or yellow flowerhead. The heads are of a distinctive pattern with rather few ray florets that are broad and flat with 5 prominent teeth at the tip of each and a darker zone at the base; disc florets are absent. The genus name is from a Greek word meaning 'love potion', indicating its use in ancient times; the common name is a fanciful version of the same.
Cultivation:
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