Are you looking to grow an attractive, easy-to-grow perennial flower? Then, growing Cupid’s Dart flowers is the perfect answer. These blue daisies look great in a flowerbed and offer a striking contrast to other flowers in the bed.
Once established, perennial Cupid’s Dart plants will grow for years with little attention. They are drought-tolerant and don’t mind a little crowding. You can grow them in your flower garden. Or, plant them in flowerpots to grow on your patio or deck. They will look beautiful wherever your plant them
Cupid’s Dart is good in dried flower arrangements, too.
Flowers Bloom: Summer to Fall
Flower Colors: The petals are a light purplish blue with dark blue centers.
Plant Height: 18″ – 24″
Perennial, Catanache Caerulea
Cupid’s Dart is started from seed. They can be directly seeded into your flower garden or started indoors for transplanting later. If started early, they can bloom the first year.
For an early start, Plant them indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
Cover Cupid’s Dart seeds lightly with soil, about 1/8″. Space seeds 3″-4″ apart. Thin seedlings to 12″ apart.
Days to Germination: 21 – 25 days.
This is a very easy-to-grow plant.
The plants prefer full sun, and rich, well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant plants.
Water them during extended dry periods, once or twice per week.
Add a general-purpose fertilizer once a month.
Cupid’s Dart plants produce blue flowers on thin, wiry stems. Leaves are thin and grayish-green in color.
After flowers have died, pinch off the dead flower heads to promote new blooms. Also, deadheading helps to keep a neat and tidy appearance. Of course, if you are going to save seeds for next year, keep a few spent flowers on the plant until the dead bloom has completely dried.
How to Dry Cupid’s Dart: Cut stems when the flowers just begin to show color, and before they are open. Tie the stems in bunches and hang them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area.
Ideal Soil pH: 5.8 – 6.8.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
Cupid’s Dart plants are resistant to insects and disease. Mildew problems may occur in warm, humid weather. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.