Cerinthe major

Cerinthe major

Cerinthe major, called also Greater Honeywort, is a member of the borage family. This native of the Mediterranean region is an Annual/ biennial Plant with branchy stems and silvery fleshy leaves. The purple-blue flowers are tubular and grouped into clusters of two or three flowers. The fruits are achenes containing black seeds.


Common NameGreater Honeywort
Botanical nameCerinthe major
Life CycleAnnual, Biennial
Basic ColourPurple
Height20 -> 50 cm
HabitatStony and sandy areas
Altitude0-1800 m
Bloom TimeMay -> September
Plant TypeSucculent
Fruit TypeAchene
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USDA Zone7 (-17), 8 (-12), 9 (-7), 10 (-1)
Sun ExposurePart shade
Soil pHAcidic, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil MoistureDry, Moist
Soil Type Sandy, Clayey, Stony
Propagationby seeds / by sowing, Self sows
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