Cornflower - Red Boy (Centaurea cyanus) Red Wildflowers Batchelor Button Cornflowers Flower

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Cornflower - Red Boy (Centaurea cyanus) Red Batchelor Button Cornflowers Flower


Height up to 20 in

Cornflowers, also known as Bachelor Buttons, are perfect for wildflower and butterfly gardens! The deep raspberry pinkish red blossoms that adorn the tall elegant stems bloom from late spring into the summer and add height and drama to any meadow.

Suitable for containers, beds and great for cutting gardens and drying. Deadhead occasionally and if left, it will self seed generously. Cornflowers were once used in the 17th century to sharpen eyesight, and resolve pain and inflammation, which is why it is found in natural eye drops. 

  • Sun to part shade
  • Prefers well draining soils
  • Direct seed in early spring or fall where you want them to grow and cover seed slightly.
  • OR start indoors 6 weeks before last frost; place in pots and cover lightly. Transplant seedlings when they are strong enough to handle, and after all risk of frost has passed.
  • Germinate @ 18C.
  • Spacing 20-30 cm
  • Attracts: perfect for butterfly gardens as it is a magnet for pollinators!
  • Seed Count: 25