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|Botanical Name:||Centaurea cyanus|
|Planting Time:||sow in early spring or even late fall for early spring growth|
|Height:||12" to 30"|
|Soil:||well-drained, moist soil, alkaline pH|
|Bloom Time:||early summer to fall|
|Flower:||pink, white and blue|
|Suggested Use:||beds, borders, cut flowers|
|Growing Hints:|| Although these plants can be started indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost date, keep in mind that they do not like to be transplanted. If starting indoors, seeds should be cold treated in the refrigerator for one week prior to germinating. |
Sow directly in the ground in late fall or early spring and sow seeds every two weeks until mid summer for continuous blooms.
|Interesting Facts:||Bachelor Buttons grow wild in the fields of southern Europe. During the time when Napoleon forced Queen Louise of Prussia from Berlin, she hid her children, including her son Wilhelm, in a cornfield where they wove wreaths of Bachelor Buttons to pass the time. Wilhelm later became the emperor of Germany and made the "cornflower" a national symbol representing unity in honor of his mother.|