In ancient folklore, men in love would wear cornflowers on their clothes and if it faded too quickly it would indicate that his love was not returned.  Lucky for most this prolific self seeder has a long lasting blooming time making it a popular cut flower for wedding bouquets or boutonnieres.  If you don’t want it seeding out cut back the flowers to encourage reblooming.  For those men whose love was denied, it is good to know that Cornflowers can be added to vodka in Russia to give it a blue tint.

You can divide Cornflowers every 2-4 years in the Spring.


Centaurea montana 

  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 1-5′
  • Width: 1-3′
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer
  • Bloom Colour: Blue, purple
  • Foliage Colour: Bright green
  • Pests and Disease: Root rot
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Cut flowers, dried flowers, attracts butterflies
  • Zone: 3-8

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