Common Name: Blue Honeywort – Blue Shrimp Plant Seeds
Latin Name: Cerinthe major purpurascens.
10 Seeds Per Packet.
10 out of 10 Bees Prefer Honeywort !!
“Here sprinkle the odors ordained, crushed balm and lowly tufts of Honeywort, and make a tinkling roundabout and clash the cymbals of the goddess Mother; they will settle on the scented seat and in their way creep into the inmost covert of their nest.” Honeywort, as noted by Virgil, the Greek Epicurean philosopher, was a plant that bees found to be overwhelmingly enticing and thus could be used to relocate hives in the manner described above. Depicted in both illustration and description by John Gerard, in his botanical reference guide called The Herbal, in 1597, the dark purple-blue flowers were thought to be the source of “new wax’ that bees collected for hives. Albeit there are relatively no documented medicinal or culinary uses depicted in historical writings, this selection is worthy of a place in any garden for the striking color of its foliage and blooms in addition to its bee-friendly benefits.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:
Full Sun, Part Sun, Bright Shade
Neutral or slightly acidic/ alkaline soil with good drainage
HARDINESS ZONES: 3-8 (perennial in zones 9and 10)
Flower Garden, Container Garden, Beds and Borders, Pollinator garden
Plant Class: Annual
Plant Height: 24″- 40″
Plant Habit: Tall, Upright
Growing instructions are provided on each seed packet
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