How to Grow and Care for Cupid's Dart Plants
Cupid's Dart is an old fashioned, summer blooming perennial.
Catananche is derived from the Greek word for Love Potion, which along with the common names of Cupid's Dart and the Love Plant, refer to the plants usage in ancient times.
Cupid's Darts are short lived perennials that form 12" clumps of 18"-24",
narrow grey-green leaves that radiate out from the root crown.
The single, 1"-2" flower heads appear atop leafless upright stems from early summer until fall.
Cupid's darts are excellent for flower arrangements and as dried flowers.
They are well suited plants for growing in containers.
Growing Requirements for Cupid's Dart Plants
Cupid's Dart plants are hardy in USDA zones 4-8.
Plant them 12" apart, in light, well drained soil.
Heavy, clay soils will decrease the useful life of the plant.
Cupid's Darts should be grown in full sun.
Water moderately but regularly until the plant is well established.
Once established, Cupid's Darts are fairly drought tolerant plants.
Deadhead spent flowers regularly to prolong blooming.
How to Propagate and Grow Cupid's Dart Plants from Seed
Catananche plants can be propagated with root cuttings taken during the winter.
Plants can be divided in early spring or in the fall.
Sow Cupid's Dart seeds directly into the garden at mid spring, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the date of your last killing frost for blooms during the first year.
The seeds should covered lightly with fine soil or growing mix.
Seeds started indoors should be kept at a temperature of 65°-75° within the growing medium.
Germination will take from 21-25 days.
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