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Heirloom Cornflowers

Velvet Dawn

(Centaurea cyanus)
EXCLUSIVE – A classic cottage garden favorite in an enchanting shade of rich, deep purple. Velvet Dawn’s 1 1/2-inch dark, thistle-shaped flowers stand out against densely branching, blue-green foliage. They always attract and feed happy bees and butterflies. These are lovely, carefree, easy-to-grow, weather-tolerant flowers that will bloom vigorously and gladden your heart throughout spring and early summer. Cornflowers, also known as Bachelor Buttons, were traditionally used as lapel corsages!
Seed Count: Approx. 250-255 / Weight: 1 gm
$ 3.29
#5547
#5547
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HARDY ANNUAL

Spring/summer bloom
Can handle light frost

 

TO START OUTDOORS

Sow seeds in a finely textured garden bed in full sun as soon as soil can be worked. In mild winter areas, where the ground doesn’t freeze, plant in fall for next spring’s bloom. Space seeds 1 to 2 inches apart and cover ½ inch deep. Keep seed bed moist until seedlings emerge in 7 to 10 days. Weed and water carefully. Thin seedlings to 6 to 8 inches apart.

 

TO START EARLY INDOORS

Sow seeds 1 to 2 inches apart in a container of seed starting mix, 2 or 3 weeks before last expected frost. Cover 1/2 inch deep, keep moist and provide a good light source until seedlings are transplanted outside. Plant 6 to 8 inches apart into fertile garden soil in full sun when plants are 3 to 4 inches tall. Seedlings grow quickly; plant out before the roots get crowded.

 

GROWING NOTES

In mild winter areas the best Cornflowers (aka Bachelor Buttons) result from seeds sown in fall to bloom the next spring. In cold winter areas where ground freezes, plant in early spring to get sturdy plants that will flower for many weeks if faded blossoms are removed.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

March - May
October - April
Full sun
1 - 2 inches apart
1/2 inch deep
7 - 10 days
3 - 3 1/2 feet

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days to Germinate

Mature Height

March - May
October - April
Full sun
1 - 2 inches apart
1/2 inch deep
7 - 10 days
3 - 3 1/2 feet

Cold Winters

March - May

Mild Winters

October - April

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Sow Seeds

1 - 2 inches apart
1/2 inch deep

Days to Germinate

7 - 10 days

Mature Height

3 - 3 1/2 feet

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