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Honeywort, Blue Shrimp Plant, Blue Wax Flower 'Kiwi Blue'

Cerinthe major var. purpurascens

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Cerinthe (ser-IN-thee) (Info)
Species: major var. purpurascens
Cultivar: Kiwi Blue

Category:

Annuals

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Smooth

This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Blue-Violet

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Brea, California

Ferndale, California

Hemet, California

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Carmel, New York

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Cleveland, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Brookhaven, Pennsylvania

Bellingham, Washington

Orchards, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 13, 2012, bellinghamroof from Bellingham, WA wrote:

I adore this plant. I'd say that mine are actually a true blue. I bought a couple plants of this, and it has self-seeded satisfactorily. Never a nuisance. I also have borage, and have never had a problem. Almost every visitor to my garden has stopped and admired this plant. It resents being transplanted -- but I've done it successfully.

Neutral

On Jun 6, 2006, blackbunny from Provincetown, MA wrote:

I bought (expensive!) seeds and grew this nice plant a few years ago in my mixed vegetable-herb-flower garden. While the packet described the flowers as blue, they were really more purple-ish. The bees loved the blossoms, and I thought the plant was sort of exotic looking and somewhat pleasing.

The problem is, that this plant is a relative to a favorite of mine, Borage, which I also grow. The next year I got a bunch of yucky hybrids from both the borage and cerinthe plants! Not only were they ugly, they were late to develop! If you love borage--as I do--don't bother with this over-rated plant. If you don't grow borage, have the nice adventure and please the bees. It's not a bad plant, but to my mind it's neither as pretty nor as useful as borage and will screw up y... read more

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