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  • cornflower
  • Eventual height: 0.7m
  • Eventual spread: 0.3m

Centaurea cyanus

cornflower

Perfect for pollinators
approx 200 seeds £2.49
approx 200 seeds £2.49
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    • Position: full sun
    • Soil: well-drained soil
    • Rate of growth: average
    • Hardiness: hardy annual

      Piercing, bright blue flowers with ruffled petals and violet-blue centres appear from early to late summer among lance-shaped, mid-green leaves. Once a common sight in cornfields, this lovely annual is perfect for naturalising in a sunny wildflower meadow and is a magnet for butterflies and bees. The flower petals are edible and have a clove-like taste.

    • Garden care: Wild flowers prefer poor soils, so do not apply fertiliser. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In autumn, cut the faded flowerheads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.

    • Sow: March-May or September - October

    • Flowering: July - August-September or May -July

    • Approximate quantity: 200 seeds.
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