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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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral macybee 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.
Grow in full sun in any soil as long as it is well-drained. Propagate from seed or root cuttings or by division.
Catananche caerulea -Common Cupid's Dart
The common Cupid's dart is popular as a cottage garden plant or can be grown among grasses in a meadow garden. A fast-growing but usually short-lived perennial, it reaches 24" in height with a spread of 12". The narrow leaves are gray-green and thin, forming a dense basal clump. Lavender-blue flowerheads 1-2" across are borne freely throughout summer on slender, weak, leafless stems. The flowers are suitable for drying. 'Major' is a somewhat untidy cultivar with darker blue blooms, while in 'Bicolor' they are white with a deep purple center or all white in 'Perry's White'.
Zones 7-10.


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

Glen Avon, California
Greenville, Indiana
South China, Maine

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