Attractive wildflower perfect for cut flowers, self-sows freely
Also called Cornflower, this attractive old-fashioned wildflower blooms in shades of blue, carmine, pink, and white. The quick and easy-to-grow frilly flowers sit atop multi-branching stems. Perfect cut flower that freely self-sows.Asteraceae Centaurea cyanus
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Also known as Cornflower, this attractive old-fashioned wildflower blooms in shades of blue, carmine, pink, and white. The easy-to-grow frilly flowers sit atop multi-branching stems. They make perfect cut flowers that freely self-sow. The blooms attract butterflies and beneficial insects. Juice can be extracted from the flowers to create a blue dye used for food coloring and other applications. Flowers are edible and add vibrance to salads. Plants usually grow to about 3' tall but some dwarf varieties only grow to about 18" or so.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 85-95 (Spring/Summer), 200-260 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
- Half Hardy
Cornflowers can handle light frost. In mild areas, the best cornflowers result from seeds sown in fall to bloom the next spring. In colder winter areas, where ground freezes, plant in early spring.
- Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cool, Warm
Bachelor buttons will thrive as long as the soil drains well and they receive enough light. They don't like hot temperatures.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 60°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Plant outdoors once soil reaches 55˚ F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm)
Bachelor Buttons grow best in full sun or very light shade.
Bachelor Buttons are fairly drought tolerant but do benefit from the occasional watering, especially during periods or drought and hot weather.
Plants will remain more compact in less fertile soil but will grow in moderately rich soil as well.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
Choose a container at least 10" deep. Plants will need to be watered more often since containers dry out faster than garden beds.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Blue, Carmine, Pink, and White
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Mild and sweet. Often added to salads for color more than for flavor.