Bachelors Buttons, Cornflower, Garden Cornflower Centaurea cyanus Tall Choice

Detailed Listing For
Botanical Name:

Centaurea cyanus Tall Choice

Family:

Asteraceae

Genus:

Centaurea

Species:

cyanus

Cultivar:

Tall Choice

Common Name:

Bachelors Buttons, Cornflower, Garden Cornflower

Seeds Per Pound:
100,889
Quantity:
0.7 lb
Average Viable Seeds/Packet:
187
Germination:
85%
Germination Test Type:
Actual
Purity:
99%
Height:
10-12 inches
Collection Locale:
Oregon
Crop Year:
2018
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
annual
In Stock: 0.7 lb
Prices
  • Centaurea cyanus Tall Choice

Sample Bulk Pricing
1 packet
1.95
10 g
5.50
1 oz
7.95
Growing Info:
Scarification: let stand in water for 12 hours.
Stratification: Hold in 38 to 40 degrees 5 days before sowing to improve germination.
Germination: sow seed in place after last spring frost, 1/16 inch deep, germination 7 to 10 days.
Other: Does not transplant well. Sow in place.
In a Nutshell:
* Centaurea cyanus ( Cornflower , Bachelor's button , Bluebottle , Boutonniere flower , Hurtsickle , Cyani flower ) is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae , native to Europe . "Cornflower" is also erroneously used for chicory , and more correctly for a few other Centaurea species ; to distinguish C. cyanus from these it is sometimes called Common Cornflower .
* It was the favorite flower of John F. Kennedy and was worn by his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. at his wedding in tribute to his father.
* A hardy cool season annual with blue, pink, or white 1 1/2" flowers, Branching, slender stemmed, spreading to 10 to 12 inches. Does best in sun, requires light, well drained soil, tolerates poor soil. Thin out to 8 to 12 inches apart. Plants will generally selfsow and come back from year to year.
* Cornflowers were also used in the funeral wreath made for Pharaoh Tutankhamun. more...
* The flowers are often used in dried-flower arrangements because they retain their colour well.
* A good plant for bees, butterflies and moths.
* A blue ink and a dye is obtained from the petals mixed with alum-water. The dye gives a lovely colour to linen, but it is transient. The dried petals are used in pot-pourri in order to add colour. Extracts of the plant are added to hair shampoos and rinses. more...