|Centaurea cyanus (Dwarf Blue Cornflower) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: Introduced US Wildflower
Other Common Names: Bachelor's Button, Garden Cornflower, Basket Flower, Bluebottlem Boutonniere Flower, Hurtsickle
Bloom Time: Spring
Height: 12 in to 18 in
Spacing: 9 in to 12 in
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds just below soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 6000
These bright blossoms once grew wild in the fields of the United Kingdom and southern Europe, though they have become very rare in recent times because of the changing landscape and new farming techniques. This species was first recorded for botanical records in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. While the genus name “Centaurea” comes from Greek mythology, the common name of Bachelor’s Button comes from the tradition of young men wearing the flower as a sign of love. They were also called cornflowers because of their abundant growth in farmers’ fields. At one time the blue blossoms were made into a temporary dye most often used for tinting frosting, sugar, or candies.
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