Centaurea Macrocephala Perennial Drought Tolerant Cornflower Garden Seeds

Cornflower Seeds - Macrocephala

Flower Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2 - 9

Height: 36 - 48 inches

Bloom Season: Mid summer to early fall

Bloom Color: Yellow

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Clay, sandy, normal loam

Deer Resistant: Yes

House Plant: No

Latin Name: Centaurea macrocephala

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: 1/4 inch

Sowing Rate: 10 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Macrocephala) - If you have a wildlife garden and enjoy attracting bees, butterflies and birds, start this seed for this tall, showy, yellow perennial. This yellow Cornflower is commonly known as Armenian Basket Flower or Giant Knapweed and is a good choice for xeriscaping.

Excellent cut flower

The clump-forming plant has shaggy, thistle-like flowers that are excellent for cutting and drying. Preserve the flower heads for dried arrangements.

Centaurea macrocephala flowers

Cornflower seed | macrocephala

How to grow

How To Grow Cornflower From Seed: Start the Centaurea seeds indoors in late winter. Cover the pots or trays with clear plastic wrap to ensure adequate moisture. Remove the plastic when sprouts emerge.

  • Sowing Rate: 10 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and birds
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
cornflower seeds macrocephala

Flower Specifications

Start these flower seeds for sunny sites with well-draining soil, and since it's tall and large, place it toward the back of the border. Growing cornflowers from seed is rewarding and enjoyable as the wildlife will often visit the showy, brilliant yellow blooms.

  • Height: 36 - 48 inches
  • USDA Zones: 2 - 9
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes