cornflower seeds

£3

blue cornflower seeds for sculptural flowers.

Cornflower seeds have some famous fans. Cornflowers were said to be a favourite Egyptian Tutankhamun. Other big fans of these bright blue wild cornflowers are bees, butterflies and us.

why it's special:

  • Unfussy powder puff like annual flowers.
  • Edible flowers that are great for cake decorations. 
  • Cornflowers are dog and cat safe.

good to know:

Plant LightShade friendly

Windowsill PlantPollinators

Windowsill PlantFuss free


 
Open pollinated, GMO free seeds.

plant size

1 m
30 cm

conditions

position

Sun or light shade.

soil conditions

soil

Well drained poor soil.

urban growing

support

Water weekly.
No need to feed.

when to sow

jan
feb
mar
apr
may
jun
jul
aug
sep
oct
nov
dec

when to harvest

care tip

Deadheading haircuts for cornflowers are recommended to control the prolific spread of self seeding in your garden.

details

botanical name
Centaurea cyanus

other names
bachelor's buttons, barbeau, blaver, blawort, blue blaw, blue bonnets, bluebottle, blue bow, blue poppy, blue sailors, blue tops, bluets, break-your-spectacles, brushes, bunk, corn binks, cornbottle, corn centaury, happy skies, haw dods, hurtsickle, ragged robin, ragged sailor and witches' bells

plant type
Annual

pot size
20 cm

pet / baby safe
Yes.

approx. number of seeds
200

sowing guide
Sow cornflower seeds on the surface of the soil and keep well hydrated. You can start the seeds indoors earlier and plant outside after the last frost.

about cornflowers

Centaurea cyanus, also known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae native to Europe. In the past, it often grew as a weed in cornfields. It is now endangered in its native habitat thanks to the intensification in farming, particularly by over-use of herbicides.

in the records

Cornflowers were one of the national symbols of Germany. One of the reasons was from the time when Napoleon's army pursued Queen Louise of Prussia out of Berlin. To protect her children she hid them in a field of cornflowers. In order to distract them and keep them quiet, she made wreaths from the cornflowers. Since then, the cornflower has become associated with Prussia.

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