Dwarf Blue Cornflower/ Bachelor Buttons Seeds - (Centaurea cyanus)

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SKU:
F1205
Seed Count:
Approx 100 seeds per pack
Type:
Annual
Color:
Azure to Indigo Blossoms
Days to Germination:
7 - 14 days @ 60 - 70°F soil temperature
Light Preference:
Full sun
Hardiness:
USDA Zones 3 - 11
Plant Spacing:
6 - 12"
Soil Requirements:
Well-drained, tolerated high and low pH
Status:
Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
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  • Dwarf Blue Cornflower/ Bachelor Buttons Seeds - (Centaurea cyanus)
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Description

Blue Cornflower/Bachelor Buttons - True Blue Flowers for Your Garden

Sporting captivating waves of delicate purple-blue blossoms swaying on tall sturdy silver-leaved stems, bachelor buttons or cornflowers have enchanted gardeners for many centuries. Cherished since ancient Egypt for being prolific, edible, medicinal, attracting pollinators, giving a stunning pop to fresh and dried flower arrangements, these old-fashioned flowers deserve a prominent space in your flower, herb, or vegetable garden.

Given a chance, they will also brighten up a dry, difficult area when combined with red poppies, orange cosmos, or yellow marigolds. Even by themselves, they will turn a barren area into a ribbon of low-maintenance country blue you’ll never tire of admiring.

All gardeners need at least one can’t-fail flower they rely on, and this reliably gorgeous blue, lightly fragrant flower belongs in every garden. 

Often worn in lapels of courting gentleman in years past, giving it the common name bachelor button. 

Details

Quick-growing single to fully double showy flowers look like miniature carnations, in colors from Azure to Indigo on multi-branching stems usually reaching about 30” with a spread of 10”. 

Bachelor buttons is a robust, low-maintenance plant. In fact, it’s so easy to grow, it’s widely used in children’s gardening. Once established, it grows back year after year as it freely reseeds, making it a good choice for xeriscaping. 

They are happy growing just about anywhere, from USDA Hardiness Zone 3 through 11. Plant the seed during the cool season as they will decline as the weather heats up. 

They are the national flower of France, Germany, Estonia, Belarus and the Czech republic. 

It is known by many names - Bluebottle, Bachelor's Buttons, Blue bonnets, Brooms and Brushes, Corn-blinks, Ladder love, Logger-heads, Miller's delight, Pin-cushion, Witch bells, Witch's thimble and Blavers.

History

Bachelor buttons originated in Turkey and south-eastern Europe and spread through grain trade throughout the world. Cornflowers grow very well in fields of grain and their seed is similar in size and weight to most grains, sorting them out was difficult so grain became a primary method of travel. 

Cornflowers are old enough to have been grown and respected by the ancient world. Both Egyptians and Greeks knew and used them extensively. The remarkably well preserved floral funerary collar of King Tutankhamun - buried circa 1340 BC - contain olive leaves, cornflowers, and poppies. 

Archaeological evidence shows bachelors buttons appearing in England in the middle to late Iron Age and the Netherlands in the Middle Ages with the widespread planting of rye. Both appearances are traced to trade, especially grain trade.    

Uses

Bachelor buttons were used historically for their blue pigment, and the dried flowers are often an ingredient in tea blends and herbal teas. The edible flowers have a sweet/spicy flavor often described as somewhere between cloves and black pepper, with field green undertones. Others say it has notes of cinnamon, making it perfect for the kitchen garden to jazz up salads. 

They are traditional English cottage garden and meadow choices, but make great cut flowers and dry very well. Cornflowers excel in cutting gardens, beds, borders, meadows, and prairies. Their bright blue blossoms and nectar content are highly appealing to bees and butterflies, boosting the yields of tomatoes, squash, and all other plants relying on pollinators.

Growing Tip

Sow seeds outdoors just before or after the last frost, or at the beginning of the cool season for warmer climates. Plants will struggle and flowers will decline once the weather heats up. 

Bachelor buttons grow well in almost all soils, but they prefer well-drained soils best. Will tolerate poor soil and both high and low pH, even very alkaline western soils. Needs moderate moisture to become established, but will tolerate drought once the roots are established. It cannot grow well in heavy shade, needing at least partial sun.

Harvest Tip 

Once harvested, flowers become a long-lasting display in cut flower arrangements. For the best results, harvest just before they are fully open when the centers are still curving inward. Collect in the morning, when the stems are still full with water.

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