Catananche caerulea

Catananche caerulea

Catananche caerulea, commonly called Cupid’s dart, is a perennial herbaceous of the aster family. The evergreen foliage forms a tuft of grey-green grassy leaves. The branched slim stems are leafless and bear papery blue flowers with dark centers blooms and each flower is subtended by scarious bracts. The fruit is an oblong achene. This plant is ideal for dry and stony soils.


Common NameCupid’s dart
Botanical nameCatananche caerulea
Life CyclePerennial
Basic Colourblue / purple
Height20 -> 90 cm
HabitatMeadows, dry lawns,
stony and
calcareous soil
Altitude1500 – > 1700 m
Bloom Time May -> July
Plant TypeHerbs, Ornamental,
Fruit TypeAchene
different tolerancesDrought resistant
Used PartsFlower
Plant UsesOrnamental
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USDA Zone7 (-17), 8 (-12), 9 (-7)
Sun ExposureSun
Soil pHAcidic, Neutral
Soil MoistureDry
Soil Type Stony
Propagationby seeds / by sowing,
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Pests/ DiseasesOïdium

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