Cornflower Seeds

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Perfect for Pots
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Pollinator Friendly
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Most Light Conditions
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Hardy Annual

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plant benefit
Perfect for Pots
plant benefit
Pollinator Friendly
plant benefit
Most Light Conditions
plant benefit
Hardy Annual

blue cornflower seeds for sculptural flowers.

Cornflower seeds have some famous fans. Cornflowers were said to be a favourite of 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 are great for cake decorations. 
  • Cornflowers are dog and cat safe.

when to sow


when to harvest

Plant size

1 m
30 cm


Sun or light shade.
soil conditions


Poor, well drained soil.
urban growing


Water weekly.
No need to feed.

Our Top Tip

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

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.
Features Perfect for pots, pollinator friendly, hardy-annual and self seeds freely
Locations Containers and garden beds
Effort Level Looks after itself
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.
Number of Seeds 200
Sowing Tips 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.
Delivery times 
Location Delivery Price Timings
UK Standard £2.95 2-3 business days
  Express £7.95 Next day delivery
(placed before 11.00 am)


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