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Centaurea Cyanus

 

Cornflower

Centaurea is a genus of herbaceous, thistle-like flowering plants that may be annuals, perennials or subshrubs. It is a tallish plant with raggedy-petalled flowers from late Spring into late Summer. . There are many common names for this genus. 'Cornflowers' is often used for a few species, but it is generally reserved for varieties of Centaurea cyanus, which is also sometimes also 'basket flower' Centaura cyanus has simple or slightly lobed leaves and solitary 3-4 cm flower-heads on multiple-stemmed branches in late Spring and Summer

 
plant Features
  • Cornflower likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Cornflower likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Cornflower is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Cornflower likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Cornflower

Latin name

Centaurea Cyanus

type

Flowering plant

family

Asteraceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Cornflower likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Cornflower is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Cornflower likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Cornflower likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Cornflower is 0.35meters x 0.75meters 0.35 M 0.75 M

Centaurea Cyanus

Centaurea is a genus of herbaceous, thistle-like flowering plants that may be annuals, perennials or subshrubs. It is a tallish plant with raggedy-petalled flowers from late Spring into late Summer. . There are many common names for this genus. 'Cornflowers' is often used for a few species, but it is generally reserved for varieties of Centaurea cyanus, which is also sometimes also 'basket flower' Centaura cyanus has simple or slightly lobed leaves and solitary 3-4 cm flower-heads on multiple-stemmed branches in late Spring and Summer


Planting Outdoors

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Plant container grown plants into site having dug compost into the soil first.

 

Propagation by seed Spring

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Sow cornflower seeds outdoors where they are to grow from early spring. Choose a position in full sun on well drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow seeds thinly, at a depth of 3mm (1/8") in drills spaced 30cm (12") apart. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Germination usually takes 14-21days. When cornflower seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 15cm (6") apart. Alternatively, grow cornflowers indoors in early spring for early summer flowering next year. Sow cornflowers on the surface of a good quality seed compost at a temperature of 18-23C (65-73F) and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Do not exclude light as this helps germination. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to move outdoors.

 

Flowering

From Late Spring TO Late Summer

The flowers appear from late Spring to late Summer

 
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