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Catananche caerulea 'Major'

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

Synonym:Catananche caerulea var. major

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive angele On May 8, 2009, angele wrote:

Planted three purchased plants in the Fall of 2008. All survived the winter beautifully. First bloom opened on May 7, 2009. Opened a beautiful shade of blue and after being in the sun the flower turned a lovely purple. There are many buds on the plants. Very happy with this plant.

Positive Ladyfern On Sep 20, 2006, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Easy from seed. Leaves are silvery green. Best in mass; individual plants are not large enough to make a statement. Cute little upturned flowers dry well; cut when fully open and hang. Short-lived in heavy clay soil.


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

Glen Avon, California
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Hudson, New York
Wren, Ohio
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

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