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Centaurea cyanus

Common Name(s):
Bachelor's button, Cornflower
Categories:
Annuals, Edible Plants
Comment:

A hardy low maintenance annual with striking blossoms.  Tollerates low water conditions but prefers medium moisture well-drained soils.  Prefers full sun to  light shade, stems will droop with too much shade.  Taller plants may need staking.   Seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, or in mild winter climates can be seeded directly outdoors in the fall.  

Plants reseed and naturalizes easily. Is an attractive, long-lasting a cut flower.   Seeds attracts birds and nectar attracts butterflies so limit dead-heading if you wish to support wildlife visitors.  

No serious insect or disease problems to note. Wilt, rots and rusts are possible. Also watch for aphids and mealybugs.

Season:
Early summer
Light:
Sun to partial shade
Color:
Blue, pink, white, wine
Height:
1-3 feet
Space:
1-2 feet
Tags:
pink, sun, pollinators, blue, hardy annual, cut flower, birds, wildlife plant, partial shade, early summer, wine, white, butterflies, showy

NCCES plant id: 39

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