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Growing Catanache

Growing Catanache

Blue Catanache


A Mediterranean native perennial hardy in zones 4 to 9. Rosetting plants with elongated, greyish leaves and flowers with papery bracts on erect, leafless stems. An excellent cut or dry flower. Plants are usually short-lived, but may reseed.  Drought-tolerant once established. Seed can be started indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last spring frost. Press seed into soil surface and do not cover. Potted plants should be planted slightly deeper than when in the pot.


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

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

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

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders and benefit from occasional fertilization. Combines well with other plants with silver or grey leaves like annual Silver Dust Dusty Miller (05646) or perennial Silver Mound Artemisia (10424).

Product Recommendations

Use Serenade Garden Disease Control (50297) to treat powdery mildew.

Catanache Facts

Usually not bothered by pests or diseases. Powdery mildew sometimes occurs. 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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