Jubilee Gem Bachelor Buttons

Certified Organic Seed

Centaurea cyanus

Also known as Blue Cornflower.

Of the world comes clear and fills with color.

They persist in the sunlit room: the wall paper



Frieze of cabbage-roses and cornflowers pales

Under their thin-lipped smiles



Their withering kingship.

How they prop each other up!


from The Thin People- Sylvia Plath

O my God, what am I/
That these late mouths should cry open/
In a forest of frost, in a dawn of cornflowers.


from Poppies in October- Sylvia Plath

This is one of the few true blue flowers for home gardeners. One of the others is Borage, which we offer in a lovely Art Pack. Cornflower is easy to grow and makes a long lasting cut flower. The color has inspired poetry, the name of a Crayola crayon, and has even been printed on collectible upstate New York-based Corningware goods. Also know as knapweed, blue-bottle, star thistle, and bachelor's button.

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UnitPriceQuantityAvailability
100 Seeds $3.50 Out of Stock
300 Seeds $6.50 Out of Stock
900 Seeds $10.95 Out of Stock

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

Days to Germination 7 to 25 days
Days to Maturity 90 days
Planting Depth ⅛ inch
Spacing in Row 8 to 10 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Height at Maturity 12 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 12 to 24 inches
Sun Preference Full to Partial Sun

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