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Care of the plant Cerinthe major or Honeywort.

Care of the plant Cerinthe major or Honeywort

The genus Ceratostigma, family Caryophyllaceae, includes 8 species of herbaceous plants and shrubs native to Africa and Asia. Some species are: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Ceratostigma willmottianum, Ceratostigma abyssinicum.

Common name: Honeywort. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are branched annual plants of erect bearing that reach 1 meter in height. They are interesting for their oval-shaped bluish leaves and purple and yellow hanging flowers. They bloom in summer.

They are used to form groups or borders and in pots for patios, terraces and balconies. They are easy to grow plants ideal for low maintenance informal gardens. They are also used to make floral decorations.

Cerinthe major needs exposure to full sun or light shade. They resist frosts down to -5 ºC if the roots are dry; they tolerate intense heat very well.

The soil must be well drained and contain organic matter.

Water twice a week in summer (Mediterranean climate) and once a week the rest of the year. They prefer drought to excess water.

Fertilize with compost in mid-fall.

They do not need pruning.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by seeds sown in the final place in early spring.

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Cerinthe major
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