Bachelor Button Polka Dot Mix

Centaurea cyanus

Feathery button-size blooms of true blues, whites, and pinks.

JFK wore this flower at his wedding as a tribute to his father. When he did so, he stepped into dialogue with centuries of symbolic meaning given to this bloom. It was once worn by bachelors to test if their courting was successful (if the bloom withered quickly the young couple's love was not to last, so they said). But it has also been the symbol of various, mostly progressive, political movements. In our minds, these flowers are as masculine an accessory as a tie, a briefcase, or a derby hat.

Also known as Cornflower, the Bachelor Button can reach heights of 3 feet and is a great cutting flower.


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Direct sow around last frost date, or start indoors up to 6 weeks earlier. Bachelor Buttons will tolerate poor soil. Enjoy full sun. Removing the old blossoms of this hardy annual will ramp up blooming. Might self-seed.

Days to Germination 7-10
Days to Maturity 90
Planting Depth <¼"
Spacing in Row 12"
Spacing Between Rows 12-18"
Height at Maturity 24-36"
Width at Maturity 12-24"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Keith Carollo. Keith, a designer, heard the word "bachelor" he must have been thinking "pad." His digital rendering of 1960's-inspired bachelor-esque objects is both contrasted and united by the bright, colorful blooms of this flower.

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