Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Catananche caerulea
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Catananche caerulea
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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The showy violet-blue perennial flower of the aster family Catananche caerulea bears the common names Cupid's dart, blue cupidone, and cerverina. It is a garden flower and is often used in dried flower arrangements. The plant grows in clumps of narrow grey-green leaves, and later in the summer sends up long stems at the end of which bloom bright cornflower blue to lavender flowers with rectangular, fringed petals and deep purple centers. The closed buds are soft and silver and the bracts form a papery cup beneath the opened blossom.
C. caerulea is a short-lived perennial, but may re-seed. It prefers full sun with good drainage. It is drought tolerant.
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