Bachelor Buttons - Polka Dot Mix - Centaurea cyanus
Annual Open Pollinated. Also called Cornflower, this attractive old-fashioned wildflower blooms in shades of blue, carmine, pink, and white that is quick and easy to grow. Frilly flowers sit atop multi-branching stems. Perfect cut flower that freely self-sows. Pack covers approximately 10 sq ft if broadcast. Thin to 8" - 10" apart.
Flowers: Good cut flower, dries well. Blooms in early spring to summer
Attracts: Attracts butterflies and beneficial insects
Soil: Adaptable to various soil types
USDA Zone: 3-10
Plant In: Fall or Spring
Planting Depth: 1/8"
Days to Germinate: 7-25 Days
Height At Maturity: 12"-24"
Sun/Shade Requirements: Partial Sun
Water Needs: Moderate Water
Annual for Garden and Naturalizing Centaurea cyanus Height:24-35 Bloom Season: Spring/Summer Seeding Rate: Use 125 seeds/sq ft (~620 seeds/pack) Facts of Note: Drought tolerant, likes sun, perfect cut flower that freely self-sows.
I planted these bachelor buttons a year ago from seeds using PV organic potting soil and let them grow all summer in the greenhouse. I transplanted them to the ground last fall. This spring around the first of May they started to bud up. By the first of June the plant was full off beautiful vibrant blue blossoms and has not stopped flowering. It is a magnificient addition to my wildflower garden. I only water once a week. Bees seem to love them as wellReview by linnie (on 6/28/11)