Growing The Cupid's Dart

Growing The Cupid's Dart
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Growing Cupid's DartThe Cupid's Dart, 'Catananche caerulea', is another charming heirloom plant. It's a drought tolerant herbaceous perennial that is hardy to -30. It was historically used in love potions, hence the name, and still symbolizes love in the language of flowers.

The flowers are a lovely blue, or you can find a pretty alba variety that is white, with a touch of purple near the center. I'm growing it with cosmos, nigella, catchfly and cleome in a cottage style flower bed this year.

Cupid's Dart does best in full sun and likes a well-drained soil that is more on the dry side. Combine it with other annuals or perennials that have the same needs.

It's important that the soil not be too moist or it will not survive the winter. Plant the seeds in early spring by direct sowing, or by starting indoors a few weeks before your last frost date.

Fertilize occasionally, and only water when necessary. Deadhead the blooms to encourage the plant to flower throughout the summer until frost.

Near the end of summer allow some of the flowers to dry and form seeds, which you can collect and plant yourself, or share with friends and family.

Cupid's Dart makes a nice cut flower that is long lasting, or it is also a fine everlasting. Dry the flowers or preserve in a flower press.

Growing Cupid's Dart

The blooms are 2 inches across on long stems that will grow to a height of about 2 foot. They also look better when you grow in groupings, rather than one or two plants.

A flower such as Cupid's Dart is such a nice addition to the garden when you can use it in so many ways. It's also lovely just grown on its own for color and charm.



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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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