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Blue Cornflower

Centaurea cyanus
As quintessential as crayola.

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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.

Number of Seeds 100 seeds
Spacing in Row 8 to 10 inches
Spacing Between Rows 18 inches
Planting Depth ⅛ inch
Days to Germination 7 to 25 days
Days to Maturity 90 days
Height at Maturity 12 to 36 inches
Width at Maturity 12 to 24 inches
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.

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