Cornflower Bachelor's Buttons Centaurea cyanus 20 Seeds
Cornflower Bachelor's Buttons Centaurea cyanus 20 Seeds
Cornflower Bachelor's Buttons Centaurea cyanus 20 Seeds
Cornflower Bachelor's Buttons Centaurea cyanus 20 Seeds

Cornflower Bachelor's Buttons Centaurea cyanus 20 Seeds

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With their blue color and profuse bloom, cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus), also known as Bachelor's Buttons, are popular garden flowers. Although cornflowers are native to Europe, where they got their common name because they often grew in grain fields, they are widely grown in other regions for their beautiful flowers. Purple-blue flowers bloom from late spring into summer on 1- to 3-foot tall stems clad with lyrate-pinnatifid lower leaves and narrow lanceolate upper leaves. Each flower (to 1.5ā€ diameter) is subtended an involucre of overlapping bracts. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. It is a cool weather annual that is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Plants tolerate poor soils. Avoid wet soils. Garden Uses. Beds, borders, cottage gardens, meadows and prairies. Cutting gardens. Zones 2-11


Growing Instructions

Direct sow in late fall or early spring, planting the seeds thinly and 1/2" deep. In the spring, keep the soil moist after sowing; germination should occur within 7-10 days. To start indoors, plant three or four seeds 1/2" below the surface in individual peat pots. Keep the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F until germination; thin to the strongest seedlings. Transplant the seedlings before they reach a height of 5".