Cornflower Centaurea Cyanus Fantastic Mix AKA Bachelor's Button Flower Seeds

Cornflower Seeds - Fantastic Mix

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Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Fantastic Mix) - For a beginning gardener, cornflower seed is a great flower seed to start with. The flower seeds are larger, so they are easy to handle, and they germinate easily and produce blue and white blooms in about 10 weeks after being planted.

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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

30 - 36 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring to early fall

BLOOM COLOR

Mix, Blue, White

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 28 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 8 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Fantastic Mix) - For a beginning gardener, cornflower seed is a great flower seed to start with. The flower seeds are larger, so they are easy to handle, and they germinate easily and produce blue and white blooms in about 10 weeks after being planted. When your neighbors seed this mix of flower they will definitely be asking what you planted. Of course, you will know it's our Fantastic Cornflower seed mix. With long-lasting blue and white spring blooms, it is the perfection addition to any flower garden and great for xeriscaping.

The mature plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soils as long as it drains well. Cornflowers perform the best in mild climates with moderate water, but they do tolerate drought. Centaurea Cyanus plants are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but deer leave them alone. Bachelor's Button flowers also make an excellent cut flower for both fresh and dried arrangements.

Directly sow Bachelor's Button seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Sow the flower seeds in rows, 6 seeds per foot. You will want to thing seedlings to 6 - 8 inches apart for best results. In mild winter climates, Cornflower seeds can be sown in the fall for very early blooms the following spring. Like many flowers in your garden, this wildflower can self-sow.

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches
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Flower Specifications

SEEDS PER POUND

99,790

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

16 - 24 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Mid-summer and fall

BLOOM COLOR

Blue

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

60 - 70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

7 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

4 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 10 pounds per acre

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 12 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus) - Well known and popular for being the truest blue flower, drought tolerant Cornflowers are a typical annual: they germinate easily from seeds, the plants grow quickly, and they bloom heavily. In the United State they are commonly called Bachelor's Button and are found growing in the wild. Originally, Centaurea Cyanus came from Europe where they were found growing in corn and grain fields. Cornflowers make a great addition to the wild flower garden or flower border as they attract butterflies and beneficial insects. Even in natural settings, deer will often resist the these plants.

Wonderful cut flower

Cornflowers are known to be wonderful cut flowers. They perform well in the vase and also dry nicely to be used in everlasting arrangements.

cornflower wild flowers

Cornflower seed | wildflower

How to grow

How To Grow Cornflower From Seed: Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought.

Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Sowing Rate: 4 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 10 pounds per acre
  • Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
Centaurea cyanus seeds

Flower Specifications

Most wild flowers will re-seed themselves; however, Cornflower does not do this in a consistent manner. To maintain successive seasons of a Cornflower meadow or similar natural display, it is recommended to sow seeds every spring.

  • Height: 16 - 24 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 10
  • Season: Annual
  • Deer Resistant: Yes 
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches
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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

12 - 18 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Summer and fall

BLOOM COLOR

Blue

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 21 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 12 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Dwarf Tom Pouce Blue) - Also known as Bachelor's Button, these well-known drought tolerant annuals make great cut flowers for fresh or dried arrangements. Grow them easily from  seeds, and display these sky-blue flowers in the flower border or garden. The dwarf variety makes the perfect size for containers too. Remove spent flowers to extend the bloom season and to increase the flower size.

Centaurea Cyanus plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soils as long as it drains well. Cornflowers perform the best in mild climates with moderate water, but they can withstand drought. Bachelor's Button flowers are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but deer leave the plants alone.

Directly sow seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Sow the flower seeds in rows, 6 seeds per foot. Thin seedlings to 6 - 12 inches apart. In mild winter climates, seed can be sown in the fall for very early blooms the following spring. Cornflower can re-seed to bring you beautiful new plants.

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches
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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

12 - 18 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Summer and fall

BLOOM COLOR

Pink

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 21 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 12 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Dwarf Tom Pouce Pink) - Every cutting garden needs to have this pink Cornflower growing in it! Readily establish Cornflowers from flower seeds, and plant in masses for a spectacular display of color. This dwarf variety only reaches 12 - 18 inches tall, and is a great height for borders and beds. Cornflowers make excellent cut flowers. The blooms last in the vase well, and they also dry nicely for everlasting arrangements. Known also as pink Bachelor's Button, these annuals are well-known and grow naturally across much of the United States.

Attract pollinators

Cornflowers are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but deer leave the plants alone. Cornflowers are annuals, but they can self-sow, dropping their own flower seeds to provide next year's display.

pink cornflower flowers

Cornflower seed | pink

How to grow

How To Grow Cornflower From Seed: Directly sow pink Centaurea Cyanus seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Sow the flower seeds in rows, 6 seeds per foot.

Thin Cornflower seedlings to 6 - 12 inches apart. In mild winter climates, seed can be sown in the fall for very early blooms the following spring. The first blooms appear 10 - 12 weeks after planting, and last for about a month. Successive plantings can extend the bloom period.

  • Sowing Rate: 10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
cornflower seeds pink

Flower Specifications

The plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soils as long as it drains well. They perform the best in mild climates with moderate water, but they can withstand drought. Perfect plants for xeriscapin or where water conservation is desired.

  • Height: 12 - 18 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 10
  • Season: Annual
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches
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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

12 - 18 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Summer and fall

BLOOM COLOR

Red

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 28 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 12 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Dwarf Tom Pouce Red) - Start some Bachelor's Button seeds and add a touch of drama to the flower border with this dwarf, red variety! What a lovely sight especially when planted in mass. Cornflowers got their name in Europe where they often are found growing in different farm crops. Here in the United States, they grow naturally in the wild as well, and we often call them Bachelor's Button.

Attract pollinators

Cornflowers are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but deer leave the plants alone. They are annuals, but they can re-seed themselves, dropping their own flower seeds to produce another display for the next season.

red cornflower flowers

Cornflower seed | red

How to grow

How To Grow Cornflower From Seed: Directly sow red Bachelor's Button seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Sow the flower seeds in rows, 6 seeds per foot.

Thin seedlings to approximately six to twelve inches apart. In mild winter climates, cornflower seed can be sown in the fall for very early blooms the following spring. The first blooms appear 10 - 12 weeks after planting, and last for about a month. Successive plantings can extend the bloom period.

  • Sowing Rate: 10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
cornflower seeds red

Flower Specifications

Red Cornflower plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soils as long as it drains well. Centaurea Cyanus plants perform the best in mild climates with moderate water, but they can withstand drought for long periods of time.

  • Height: 12 - 18 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 10
  • Season: Annual
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches
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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

12 - 18 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Summer and fall

BLOOM COLOR

White

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 28 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

10 -12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 12 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Dwarf Tom Pouce White) - No matter what your xeriscape landscape is like, a formal flower garden or smaller borders with wildflowers, these dwarf Cornflowers, with their pure white blooms, will add a charming presence. Also known as Bachelor's Buttons, the flower seed is easy to grow, and it quickly provides blooms that are excellent for cutting and drying as well.

Attracts pollinators

Bachelor's Buttons are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but deer leave the plants alone. Once the Centaurea Cyanus plants are established, they will produce a burst of flowers and then slow down their production.

white cornflower flowers

Cornflower seed | white

How to grow

How To Grow Cornflower From Seed: Plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soil as long as it drains well. Cornflowers perform the best in mild climates with moderate water, but they can withstand drought.

Directly sow Centaurea Cyanus seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Sow these wildflower seeds in rows, 6 seeds per foot. Thin the young seedlings to 6 - 12 inches apart. In mild winter climates, white Bachelor's Button seeds can be sown in the fall for very early blooms the following spring.

  • Sowing Rate: 10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
cornflower seeds white

Flower Specifications

Deadheading flowers is beneficial as it encourages continuous blooming. Leave some flowers to drop their flower seeds as cornflowers can self-sow.

  • Height: 12 - 18 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 10
  • Season: Annual
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches
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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

24 - 30 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring to early fall

BLOOM COLOR

Mix

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 28 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 12 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Polka Dot Mix) - These easy to grow flower seeds are great for beginning gardeners or children's gardens. The Centaurea Cyanus flower seeds are larger making them easy to handle, and they germinate readily to create this fun Polka Dot mix of colors. The colors in this mix include: white, blue, rose and lavender. Plan on a mass planting for wonderful display of color! Cornflowers, or also commonly called Bachelor's Buttons, are wonderful cut flowers as well. The blooms dry nicely for dried everlasting arrangements. These wildflowers are a very rewarding flower to grow from flower seed!

Like many wildflowers, the plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soil as long as it drains well. Cornflowers perform the best in mild climates with moderate water, but they can withstand drought.  A perfect plant for xeriscape landscaping where little to no water usage is required. Bachelor's Button flowers are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but deer leave the plants alone. Cornflowers are annuals, but they can self-sow, dropping their own flower seeds to provide next year's display.

Directly sow seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Sow the flower seed in rows, 6 seeds per foot. Thin small seedlings to 6 - 12 inches apart. In mild winter climates, sow the seed in the fall for very early blooms the following spring. The first blooms appear 10 - 12 weeks after planting, and last for about a month. Successive plantings can extend the bloom period.

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches
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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 10

HEIGHT

32 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring to early fall

BLOOM COLOR

Black

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.6 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Centaurea Cyanus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

65F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 21 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

No

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

10 - 12 seeds per plant or 6 seeds per foot

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

6 - 12 inches

Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus Tall Double Ball Black) - Easy-to-grow from seeds, this tall annual makes a great addition to the summer border. The color is a deep, rich claret which is as close to black as possible. Centaurea Cyanus Black Ball certainly adds drama! Cornflowers are especially nice in traditional cottage gardens, and they make an excellent cut flower. Also known as Bachelor's Button Black Ball, these flowers are native to much of the United States.

Bachelor's Button plants prefer full sun in mild climates and partial shade in the hottest regions. They tolerate a wide variety of soils as long as it drains well. Centaurea Cyanus performs the best in mild climates with moderate water, but the plants can tolerate drought. Cornflowers are very attractive to both bees and butterflies, but fortunately deer leave the plants alone.

Directly sow seeds outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Sow the flower seed in rows ensuring you sow at least 6 seeds per foot. Thin young plants to 6 - 12 inches apart. In mild winter climates, seed can be sown in the fall for very early blooms the following spring. Cornflowers will drop their mature seeds and often self-sow providing climate conditions work out.

Classic Annual

Cornflower is an easily recognized garden flower, and is a common component in wildflower seed mixes.

Classic Annual

Dainty Blooms

How to Grow

Bachelor's Button flowers are not picky about soil types as long as it drains well. They prefer full sun and will withstand periods of drought. Directly sow seed outdoors in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Prepare seedbed by loosening soil and weeding. Broadcast seed and rake into the soil, covering the wild flower seed. Bachelor's Button seed can also be sown in late fall, after several frosts. It will lay on the ground dormant until spring conditions bring on germination.

  • Environment: full sun to partial shade
  • Soil: well-drained w' pH 6.6-7.8
  • Sowing rate: 10-12 seeds per plant
Dainty Blooms

Plant Specifications

Cornflower is an annual flowering plant that grows in USDA zones 3 through 10. It is a popular wildflower that is native to Europe and is effective at attracting various pollinators, including butterflies.

  • Bloom color: blue mix
  • Bloom season: late spring to early fall
  • Plant height: 30-36 inches

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