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Cornflower 'Lady Mauve'
Cornflower 'Lady Mauve'
Cornflower 'Lady Mauve'
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Cornflower 'Lady Mauve'

Centaurea cyanus
One of my favorite cornflowers, 'Lady Mauve' is awash in saturated bright lavender-violet blooms atop the upright, branched stems. So easy, just sow early to mid spring and cut often to pair with pastel calendulas in a sweet little pitcher on the kitchen table.
SKU #S295
$3.25
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
110
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
2-3' h x 10" w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Spring to summer
Color
Lavender-rose
Features
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Bees
Attracts Beneficial Insects
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Barely cover (about 1/16").
Sprout Time:
5-20 days
Seed To Bloom:
10 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Not recommended.
Starting Outdoors:
Sow in early spring, 3-4 weeks before last frost. Can also be fall sown (Oct.) in zones 7-10.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Cornflowers are sentimental favorites and of easiest culture; the numerous bees buzzing around the blooms are a clue to their value in pollinator gardens. A favored flower for hundreds of years in England, cornflowers had many pet names, including Bluebottle and Hurtsickle, for the cordlike stems dulled the reaper's blade. At home in the cutting, veggie, border, and meadow garden, they continue in bloom if picked often for fresh and dried bouquets. Pull some edible petals to brighten salads, and freeze inside ice cubes to add a bit of beauty to summer drinks. Try an early to mid-fall sowing in September in zones 7-10 for vigorous blooming plants earlier in the season; elsewhere, they are generally sown in early spring. Self-sows.
Final Spacing:
8"
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Somewhat drought tolerant once established. 1" of water per week initially, then water during dry spells.
Soil pH:
Neutral to alkaline
Fertilizer:
Grows well in poorer soils. Mix in about 1/2" of compost or an organic granular fertilizer prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid fungal troubles by placing in a location that has good air circulation.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when the flowers are just open.