Cupid's Dart (Organic)
Catananche caerulea. Perennial in zones 3-9.
Daisy-like lavender flowers are a very low maintenance, drought tolerant perennial flower. Bushy, 2’ tall plants grow naturally in disturbed areas and don’t mind crowding. Cupid’s Dart is a good choice for wild perennial flower patches. Suitable as a cut flower both fresh and dried. Will self-sow. Its common name references its supposed use by the ancient Greeks in a love potion. Aka, Love Plant.
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost or direct sow after danger of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1/8” deep. Germination in 10-25 days. Thin / transplant starts to 12” spacing. Plants prefer full sun to light shade. May bloom in first year if sown early. Somewhat drought tolerant and known to gently self-sow.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur. Isolate from other varieties of same species by ¼ mile.