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Centaurea moschata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Centaurea (sen-TAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)

Synonym:Amberboa moschata
Synonym:Centaurea imperialis

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9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lokidog On Jul 28, 2013, lokidog from Logan, UT wrote:

Easy to grow hardy annual. Great for cut flowers.

Positive sladeofsky On May 22, 2013, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This perennial in zones 7 south is often grown as an annual. Very pretty with old-fashioned appeal. The color is usually lighter in thee center and darker around the edges. The color can vary.

Neutral dmj1218 On May 8, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A fast-growing half-hardy annual whose fragrant, 2-3" flowers look like large bachelor's buttons. Flowers are yellow, rose-pink, white, or purple. Lance-shaped, toothed, bright gray-green leaves are scattered along the branching stems.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 16, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This self-sowing annual has lightly fragrant flowers that smell like chocolate. The fragrance is more pronounced on older blooms.

Positive mekelly On Sep 13, 2003, mekelly wrote:

easy to grow , flowers are beautiful


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Elk Grove, California
Denver, Colorado
Aurora, Illinois
Himrod, New York
Logan, Utah
Kalama, Washington

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