Makes an excellent bouquet filler.
Cerinthe, a gorgeous, shrubby annual with teal fronds, is not just a pleasure for the eyes. Listen closely to the bell-shaped blooms and you'll hear the joyful reverberation of bees achieving pollination using a process known as sonication. Each bee grabs the flower firmly and rapidly fires its flight muscles; this intense shaking releases pollen from the anthers while generating a buzzing sound that is amplified by the bell-shaped flowers. Bring some fronds indoors; their beauty will echo from room to room.
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Cerinthe is quite easy to grow, quickly growing from stout sprouts into cheerful blue-green shrub-like plants. Makes an excellent bouquet filler. Wait until bracts are dark blue and flowers are purple. Cerinthe is a favorite of pollinators, so be sure to leave some blooms for them to enjoy. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplant after last frost.
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Artwork by Jessica Battista. Gaining inspiration from the natural world, Jessica creates her own whimsical interpretations of plants and the natural world. This work, rendered in acrylic and ink with digital manipulation, translates sound waves into visual patterns.