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turmericturmeric Posts: 828

Hello all, a neighbour showed me a plant she has today and asked if she could train it up a wall like one she had seen in another lady's garden.  The plant was Cerinthe.  I've always thought of it as an annual that self-seeds then gets pulled out about now to be replaced by new plants from seed next year.  I can't see how one has been trained up a wall.  Does anyone know of a version that is more of a shrub and so could be trained? Many thanks.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,351

    You're right jandh. I should think your neighbour has got the wrong name. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828

    She showed me the plant, it was definitely cerinthe, it's so distinctive even now as it goes over.  I'll question her a bit more about her friend's plant I think.  Thanks nut.

  • turmericturmeric Posts: 828

    The Cerinthe I've seen can spread quite a bit (a few feet?) but usually across the ground.  I agree, Philippa, she could force it up a wall with supports but I wouldn't have thought it would last more than a year.  Once it's over it's over and has to come out.  She'd have to start all over again and surely it wouldn't be very large.  I think my original thoughts are right.  Maybe she caught sight of her friend's cerinthe just before it went over and it was a large specimen, but I think if she went back now it would be a different story and certainly so in a month or two.  Thanks Philippa and nut once again for your help.

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