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Centaurea 'Black Ball' & Ammi majus
Centaurea 'Black Ball' & Ammi majus Seeds
Lacy white Ammi flowers combine beautifully with these rich burgundy almost black Bachelors Buttons. This lovely Cornflower 'Black Ball' has large deep burgundy flowers and strong tall grey-green cotton stems. It's brilliant in the garden, for the cut flower trade, for drying, for confetti and perfect for pollinators. Cornflowers are extremely hardy annuals, easy to grow and perfect for cutting.
Ammi majus is one of our tallest hardy annuals with long strong stems, lacy white flower heads and dark green feathery foliage. It’s good for adding height to borders, for cut flower production and attracts pollinating insects too. In fact it's such a great plant that the RHS have awarded it the AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Sow Cornflowers and Ammi in spring for summer flowers then sow again in autumn. An autumn sowing will produce the largest plants and masses of early flowers.
Two packets of seed: Centaurea cyanus and Ammi majus
Height and Spread
60/90cm x 45cm (2 to 3 feet tall x 18 inches wide)
Easy to grow. Sow outdoors in March and April and again in August/September. Germinates at 15°c in 7 to 21 days.
Allow 30/45cm (12-/18 inches) between plants.
Prefer moist but well drained soil in full sun. Ammi can tolerate dappled shade. Keep picking and dead heading to encourage new flowers. Both Centaurea and Ammi are tall plants and must have support or the stems will bend.
Ammi and Centaurea take 12 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Keep picking and deadhead to prevent flowers from going to seed then flowers are produced from May to September
Pick flowers early in the morning, remove lower leaves and stand them in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Lasts 5-7 days in a vase.
These Cornflowers look great with other rich burgundy, lime and jewel coloured flowers in the garden and in a vase. Both Ammi & Centaurea grow particularly well with other tall plants with contrasting forms such as Larkspur.