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    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
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Catananche caerulea

blue cupidone

  • Other common names blue cupidone
    blue daisy

    blue-flowered Cupid's dart
    blue succory
    flower of love
    Greek love plant

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  • Synonyms Catananche caerulea 'Cupid's Dart'
    Catananche bicolor

  • Family Asteraceae

  • Genus Catananche may be annuals or short-lived perennials with narrow leaves and solitary flowers heads with silvery bracts and strap-shaped florets; can be dried

  • Details C. caerulea is a short-lived herbaceous perennial to 50-90cm in height, with erect, grassy leaves and branched sprays of dark-centred, violet-blue daisy-like flowers 3-5cm in width from mid-summer to autumn; seedheads are papery and attractive

  • Plant range SW Europe


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed


  • Sand


  • Chalk


  • Loam


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid


  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Suited to any well-drained soil in full sun; good drought resistance. Often short-lived especially if grown on heavy soil

Propagation Propagate by seed. Propagate by division in spring or by root cuttings in winter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be affected by powdery mildews

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