Centaurea dealbata / Cornflower
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Centaurea dealbata / Cornflower


    Centaurea dealbata, commonly known as Persian cornflower, is a stunning herbaceous perennial that is highly valued for its attractive flowers and foliage. It is a native plant of Central Asia and has been widely cultivated for ornamental purposes in gardens and landscapes.

    Centaurea dealbata produces a basal rosette of silvery-green, lance-shaped leaves that give rise to tall stems that can reach up to 80cm in height. The stems are topped with large, showy flowers that are a vibrant shade of magenta-purple. Each flower measures up to 5cm across and consists of multiple tubular florets that form a distinctive domed shape. The flowers bloom from late spring to early summer and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.

    This hardy plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils, and is drought-tolerant once established. Centaurea dealbata is also relatively low-maintenance and requires little care once established in the garden.

    Centaurea dealbata is an excellent addition to borders, cottage gardens, and meadow plantings. It looks best when planted in groups or drifts to create a striking display of color. It is also suitable for cut flower arrangements and can be used as a filler in floral displays.

    In summary, Centaurea dealbata is a stunning perennial that produces showy, magenta-purple flowers that are highly attractive to pollinators. Its silvery-green foliage adds to its ornamental value and makes it a great choice for mixed borders and meadow plantings. It is also a low-maintenance plant that is drought-tolerant and easy to grow in a range of soil types. With its eye-catching flowers and versatile nature, Centaurea dealbata is a must-have plant for any garden.

    Height 70cm
    Width 50cm
    Bloom Time May-Aug
    Zone 4