Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types

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Plant Overview

Our beautiful native Cornflower which traditionally grew in meadows and verges across the country but is now sadly fairly rare due to modern farming methods and land use. This was ranked very highly, in terms of nectar production (showing particular value in the role of nectar-provider for insects), in a UK survey of meadow species' production of nectar sugar and pollen.

Easy to grow in the garden. Cornflowers enjoy a well-drained soil in full sun.

Flowers in summer and early autumn. Makes an excellent cut flower. Loved by bees and other pollinators.

Grow in a wildflower meadow or wildlife area or in a bed or border. Leave the seed heads of this annual on over winter to provide food for birds and ensure plants in situ next year.

Height and Spread: 75cm x 45cm.

Common names: Cornflower; Batchelor's Buttons.








Photo: Thayne Tuason, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter and early spring, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.
Please note: We do our best to provide acurate photographs of the plants we sell, but colours display differently on different screens, printers and in different light and we cannot guarantee that what you are seeing on your screen, or on the plant label provided, will exactly match the plant when it flowers in your garden.