Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
On Mar 3, 2013, goldandsylvan from Ukiah, CA wrote:
I had problems with snails eating the plants (I don't bait or use poisons), so I started growing them in the greenhouse and transplanting them when they were bigger, as the snails are very picky and like them tender. It worked well, and I don't have any problem transplanting them, as long as I do it early enough.
Bachelor buttons flowers are edible, both raw in salads, and dried, in tea mixtures.
I also grow bachelor's buttons in pots, mixed with other flowers and ornamental plants, and the bachelor's buttons don't mind, as long as they are well-watered and don't get too hot.
On Apr 14, 2012, LoveYourPlantz from Salt Lake City, UT wrote:
I planted these for the first time last summer. They took a long time to sprout but when they did I had blooms from early summer into the fall. They were in full sun and thick, clay soil that does not drain especially well. This year I have planted them in a different spot where the soil is more sandy. They sprouted quickly so I am anxious to see if they bloom as long as they did last year.
On Jul 14, 2011, BlakeInCanada from Kitchener Canada (Zone 5a) wrote:
I sowed 2 batches of these. The first died within 1 hour of getting sunlight through a window.
So the second set got ever so gradual light. Every time they got any non-filtered light, they flopped over and looked dead. Keeping them watered didn't fix this. They are over a month old and still can't handle a sunny day outside but will come back to life slowly once brought inside.
2 of the 7 I had in the planter wilted and died gradually and inexplicably, while the others seem fine. The bottom of the stem of those two are darker. For annuals, these have been way too much trouble and I don't even know if the rest will survive long enough to bloom.
On Mar 14, 2009, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Centaurea cyanus is also known as garden cornflower. It is native to Europe which has naturalized throughout North America. It can be found growing in all US states including Hawaii. In Texas, it grows in the wild in 11 counties. Seeds should be sown at a depth of 1/8 inch. Cornflower blooms retain their bright colors when dried and make great additions to dried flower arrangements.
On Apr 19, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:
Of all the different kinds of mixed seeds, this plant will grow the most frequently from those mixed seeds. And that's in hot, humid summer with plenty of rain in sandy soil! Only Sweet William were second to this in mixed seeds - too bad I don't have any Bachelor's Button left - limited sun those days and lots of perennials.
On Jun 8, 2007, rjones8194 from Independence, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I grew these this year by starting seeds in peat pots then transplanting. All the plants survived the transplant shock well. Some are nearly 4 ft tall now with very little care/watering. I've very happy with their performance.
On Nov 12, 2004, 433kfj from klamath falls, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:
This plant grows wild all over the place here. It is one of those "weeds" that doesn't seem to bother any one or anything. Mostly blue, but occasionally very light pink, white, or dark purple. I thought it was native when I was growing up because I saw it all over. However, you won't likely find it outside of human disdurbance of the ground. You won't see it much in the forest or sagebrush flats, but somehow it looks perfectly at home with sagebrush and the blue of its flowers goes so well with the sage. I never really thought about "growing" this because it was already "growing", but now I can see potential for making it grow in places where it might make more of an impact, color-wise. I'd really never thought of it that way before. It just grew where it grew.
On Aug 4, 2004, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
Cornflower is most noted for its true blue flowers. Though now other cultivars (black pink and white) have popped up. The black is a deep burgundy color. My favorite is still the blue. Cornflower foliage is also decorative. It is silvery and slightly fuzzy. My cornflowers often get taller than noted in many books etc. Mine this year are about 4 feet! :) One of the easiest annuals to grow. :)
On Jul 12, 2004, annaks from Grande Prairie Canada wrote:
Love this plant. I do not understand why some have trouble moving them. I used to scavenge 1-2 foot plants from a guy's compost pile, a day or two after they were yanked out of his garden. Eventually, I got him to call me when he was pulling them. All but the most shrivelled survived and thrived. I was just beginning to garden. It is a good thing I didn't know any better, because I love blue flowers.
On May 14, 2004, redneckhippie15 from Amarillo, TX wrote:
My sister in law gave me a gallon ziplock of seed packs,
cornflowers were among the variety.My wife told me they were easy so.... I was impressed with both the foliage and the delicate blooms.
The rabbits really like them. After mowing them down twice,I was forced to "cage" them.
After re-emerging twice the little plants that could made a really happy gardener of me.
I had volunteers this year,naturally out of the bed, I had saved a few seeds and they have taken off really well this year and I expect similar results
good luck to all
On Aug 7, 2003, starshine from Bend, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:
This plant is easily grown and multiplies simply by plucking the dry heads of the flowers off the plant and crumbling them on the ground beneath it (or wherever you want them to grow.) They are excellant for dry lasting flower arrangements and hold their colours well under those circumstances.
On the downside, in order to maintain a nice looking plant they require deadheading on a regular basis, and as they age and get larger they will sometimes begin to look dry near the lower 6 inches or so of the plant.
On Mar 12, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Old-fashioned bachelor's button or cornflowers are easy-to-grow and fill the garden with brilliant blue flowers and shimmery silver leaves. Blooms will appear from summer to early fall; successive sowings can extend bloom period.
Thrives in full sun except in scorching summer heat and will tolerate part-shade. Plant in well-drained soil. Once established, will tolerate drought conditions.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (2 reports) Auburn, Alabama Vestavia Hills, Alabama Bear Creek, Alaska Phoenix, Arizona Bigelow, Arkansas Morrilton, Arkansas Beaumont, California Concord, California Laguna West-lakeside, California Lake Forest, California Merced, California Oak View, California Sacramento, California San Diego, California (2 reports) Ukiah, California Federal Heights, Colorado Pike Creek, Delaware Campbell, Florida Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports) Keystone Heights, Florida Naples, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Athens, Georgia Hawkinsville, Georgia Stone Mountain, Georgia Villa Rica, Georgia Aurora, Illinois Herrin, Illinois Jacksonville, Illinois Mattoon, Illinois Palmyra, Illinois Evansville, Indiana Coyville, Kansas Lansing, Kansas Calvert City, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Flemingsburg, Kentucky Grayson, Kentucky Independence, Louisiana Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Fort Meade, Maryland Salisbury, Maryland Milton, Massachusetts Quincy, Massachusetts Coloma, Michigan Mason, Michigan Fulda, Minnesota Golden Valley, Minnesota La Crescent, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota St Cloud, Minnesota Byhalia, Mississippi Mathiston, Mississippi Smithville, Mississippi Blue Springs, Missouri Pleasant Valley, Missouri Spanish Lake, Missouri St Joseph, Missouri Fox Lake, Montana Blair, Nebraska Papillion, Nebraska Greenville, New Hampshire West Chesterfield, New Hampshire , New Jersey Albuquerque, New Mexico Crown Point, New York Columbia Station, Ohio Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio Dayton, Ohio Mount Orab, Ohio South Euclid, Ohio Bixby, Oklahoma Altamont, Oregon Bend, Oregon Klamath Falls, Oregon Ashley, Pennsylvania Bonneauville, Pennsylvania Halfway House, Pennsylvania Columbia, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Algood, Tennessee Crossville, Tennessee Lenoir City, Tennessee Austin, Texas Bulverde, Texas Carrollton, Texas Dallas, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Frisco, Texas Farr West, Utah Holladay, Utah Richmond, Virginia Temperanceville, Virginia Clinton, Washington Kalama, Washington Millwood, Washington Tacoma, Washington Brookhaven, West Virginia Sissonville, West Virginia West Union, West Virginia Weston, West Virginia Delavan, Wisconsin Pewaukee, Wisconsin Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin