A popular annual that does well in most zones, Bachelor Button looks good behind borders, in arrangements and, of course, worn as boutonnieres!
Sunlight: Full sun
Maturity: 80-95 days from seed to flower
Height: 12 to 36 inches
Spacing: 6 to 12 inches apart in all directions
Native to Europe and Asia, home gardeners are growing bachelor buttons (Centaurea cyanus) for their frilly blossoms showing in pale blues, purples, pinks and reds. Also known as cornflowers, these jolly plants bloom throughout the summer months and are perfect for cuttings with their long “silvery” stems. Hardy annual, grows to 3 feet tall.
Fact: Discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamen who died in 1340 B.C. The 1-1/2 inch blossoms were woven into a beautiful wreath and given to the King to aid in the afterlife.
Bachelor buttons are not particularly fussy and will tolerate most growing conditions providing they receive plenty of sun. They will do well in average, well-drained soils and do not require large amounts of water. Tall plants tend to sprawl without some support and are easily flattened by wind; grow through a peony ring or select a site in a sheltered location.
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How to Plant:
Bachelor buttons are easy to grow from seed. Sow outdoors just before the last frost or shortly after. Plant seeds just beneath the surface of the soil. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Add a general purpose organic fertilizer once a month and remove the old flowers to prolong the blooming season. If treated right, they’ll self sow — be sure to mulch starting in the fall.
Tip: For a spectacular effect, plant in combination with red poppies and snapdragons, or mixed with day lilies in a border.
Insects and Disease:
Bachelor Buttons do not have many problems with insects and disease. In wet weather, they can occasionally suffer from powdery mildew and rust. If problems occur, treat early with organic or natural pest controls.
Seed Saving Instructions:
Allow flowers to mature and fade on the plant. Seed pods develop at the base of the flower and turn light tan to brown when mature. Remove the pod and allow it to dry for a few days. With your thumb rub open the end of the pod, loosened seeds should release freely.