A hardy annual from the Mediterranean region, known as Honeywort. An aristocratic border plant which is beautiful and versatile. It is adored by bees and is much favoured as a cut flower. It has glaucous leaves with interesting purple bracts and bell shaped flowers from May to September. It produces large black seeds in the Autumn.
Soak the seeds overnight and sow indoors from November to March, in seed compost covering them to a depth of 2mm and keeping them moist. When large enough to handle transplant into good well drained soil in sun or partial shade spacing them 5" (12cm) or more apart where they will reach 18-24" (45-60cm) tall
Flowers May to September
Height 24" (60cm)