A.k.a. Shrimp Plant! You’ve got to grow it to understand… Nary a person walks by Cerinthe without commenting on its fascinating, marine creature vibes. Bundles of nectar-laden, violet bells dangle from green-purple foliage. The bees and hummingbirds will celebrate this addition to your garden, but thankfully the deer won’t be impressed. We love Pride of Gibralter Cerinthe for its mixed hues of amethyst that contrast wonderfully with its sage green succulent looking leaves. Introduced to us by our friends at Uprising Seeds. Also known as Honeywort or Waxflower. 24-30” tall.
Days to Maturity: 55-65 days
Latin Name: Cerinthe major
Life cycle for seed saving: Annual
Start Pride of Gibralter Cerinthe indoors 6 wks before last frost and transplant in well-drained full to partial sun after last frost. Or, direct seed after last frost. Planting depth: 3/4“ Optimal soil temp. for germination: 65-75°F Transplant 8-12” apart. Harvest in cool daytime hours and treat stems by dipping the bottom 2-3 inches in boiling water for 7-10 seconds. Then place into chilled water.
For more tips on when to plant flower seed, check out our NW Flower Planting Calendar!
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!