Name: Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Growth habit: Upright plant with long sparse foliage and bright tufted flowers. Grows in many places as a wildflower in sunny fields.
Light Level: Prefers full sun.
Water: Little to moderate. Drought tolerant.
Fertilization: Fertilizer often not needed, but if you so choose, any water-soluble fertilizer formulated for garden flowers or vegetables will work.
Planting Medium: Well-draining, somewhat sandy soil.
Common afflictions: Aphids, Rust, Powdery Mildew
Pruning: None should be needed.
Cornflower Facts: Cornflowers are known by many names, including most commonly: bachelor’s buttons, basket flowers or blue-bottles. Their flowers come in a variety of colors, but the most familiar (and perhaps that most arresting) is the original brilliant blue variety. Cornflowers originated from a European wildflower and has been used over the centuries as a domesticated flower for decorative purposes and even medicinal uses. Cornflowers make a beautiful addition to the modern garden. They can be used in combination with poppies, daisies and other scrubby-growing plants to create a wild-looking mix for areas that will get little tending. Their long slender stems and foliage make them a good cut flower. Cornflowers are deer resistant!
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