This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek, keros, wax; anthos, flower: the ancients thought that the bees visited the flowers for wax). Boraginacese. Annual or perennial herbs from Europe and Asia Minor, with alternate glaucous leaves and showy purple bracts.
Calyx deeply divided, the tubular corolla with 5 very small reflexed lobes, usually differently colored from the tube. - About 6 species. The best species is C. retorta, which has a unique appearance in the garden, and is strongly recommended for more general cultivation It is a hardy annual of easy cultivation.
Sibth. & Smith. Honeywort. Fig. 885. Height 1 1/2-2 ft.: leaves glaucous, often spotted white or red; lower leaves obovate-spatulate; upper leaves amplexi-caul, with 2 round ears, on the flowering branches gradually becoming smaller and closer together until they pass into purple bracts, which form the chief attractive feature of the plant: flowers when full-blown protruded beyond the bracts; corolla tubular-club-shaped, yellow, tipped purple, with 5 small, spreading teeth: fruits smooth but not shining. Greece. B.M. 5264. Gn. 41:212. For a garden review of the other honeyworts, see Gn. 41, p. 212.
Fig. 885. Cerinthe retorta. (X 1/3)
C. major, Linn. A showy annual 6-15 in. high: leaves clasping the stem, very rough and ciliate: flowers with showy bracts; the corolla yellow below, purplish at the top: fruit smooth, shining and brown-spotted. Medit. region. B.M. 333. Wllhelm Mlller.