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Growing Catanache

Growing Catanache

Blue Catanache



Catananche, also called Cupid's Dart, is a Mediterranean native perennial hardy in zones 4 to 9. It has elongated, greyish leaves that form a low rosette. Its flowers are produced on erect, leafless stems and have papery bracts beneath their petals. It makes an excellent cut or dry flower. The plants are usually somewhat short-lived, but may reseed in the garden.  Drought-tolerant once established.

How To Grow

Seed can be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost. Plant the seed 1/8 to 1/16 of an inch deep and germinate at 65 to 75 degrees. Germination should occur in 14 to 25 days. Seed can also be down directly in the garden after the last expected frost in spring.


For full sun and well-drained soil. Deadheading prolongs flowering. Dislikes wet and poorly-drained soils, especially in winter.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from occasional fertilization. Use low rates of ALGOplus Flowering Plant 4-6-7 liquid fertilizer or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Catananche is usually not bothered by pests or diseases. Powdery mildew sometimes occurs.

Alternative Products

Other perennials grown as cut flowers include Astilbe, Coneflower, and Rudbeckia

Product Recommendations

Combines well with other plants with silver or grey leaves like annual Dusty Miller or perennial Silver Mound Artemisia. Use 70% neem oil to treat powdery mildew if it occurs.

Catanache Facts

The common name Cupid's Dart comes from the plant's use in ancient Greece and Rome as an ingredient in love potions.


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