Beautiful easy to grow plant with dozens of bright blue flowers that seem to float above the plant. Cupids Dart produces a clump of slender grayish green leaves that look more like thick gray grass. In spring long many branched stems arise from the plant to the height of 24 inches. Buds appear on the stems and seem to hang there for a while before suddenly bursting into bloom. The flowers are bright blue with darker centers and about 2 inches across. The plant will continue to flower constantly throughout the summer months and often right up until the frost. Once each flower has finished it leaves behind a silvery paper seed envelope which shimmering in the sunlight.
Cupids dart can tolerate poor soil conditions and drought, once the plant is established. It needs full sun and flowers from seed the first year, but only sparingly. Multitudes of flowers are produced from the second year onwards. It is a short lived perennial lasting perhaps 3 - 4 years, so reseeding will be necessary. The plant produces a long thick tap root and does not take well to being transplanted once established so take care to place plants where you want them to stay. The taproots can be subject to vole and mole damage so use repellents if you have trouble with these pests.
The flowers can be dried for use in flower arrangements or can be left and collected when the seed pods just beginning to turn silver both make excellent dried flowers.