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In this shop you will find flower seeds for your garden, for cut flowers and for wildlife. Here are some of the best, most beautiful and easiest plants for you to grow.


Centaurea cyanus Wild Cornflower

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Centaurea cyanus Seeds

The Wild Cornflower has bright blue flowers and tall grey-green cotton stems. Cornflowers are lovely in wildlife gardens and naturalistic planting schemes. Recommended by the RHS as Perfect for Pollinators, Cornflowers attract Butterflies, Bees and Hoverflies and then Goldfinches when the seeds are ripe.

Prepare a seed bed then sow in spring for summer flowers and sow again in autumn. From an autumn sowing Cornflowers produce the largest plants and masses of flowers. Cornflowers are extremely hardy annuals, easy to grow and good for cutting.

GenusCentaurea cyanus
Common NameWild Cornflower
Plant TypeHardy Annual
Height and Spread60/75cm x 30cm (2 to 2.5 feet tall x 12 inches wide)
Sow SeedsEasy to grow as long as the ground is prepared well first. Cultivate a fine tilth so seeds can germinate easily and without competition from grass or weeds. Sow outdoors in March/April/May or August/September
Thin/Plant OutAllow 30cm (12 inches) between plants.
Conditions RequiredCornflowers prefers moist but well drained soil in full sun. Keep picking and dead head to encourage flower production.
Flower ProductionTakes 12 weeks to flower from a spring sowing. Flowers May to August. If you are growing Cornflowers for cut flowers you may prefer Centaurea cyanus 'Double Blue' which are taller with slightly larger flowers.
PickingPick Cornflowers early in the morning, remove lower leaves and stand in deep water for a few hours before arranging. Lasts 5-7 days in a vase.
Planting CombinationsThese bright flowers look great with jewel coloured annual flowers such as Eschscholzia and Poppies. They grow particularly well with Cornfield Annuals such as Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-Eye Daisies), Papaver rhoeas (Wild Poppies), Chrysanthemum segetum (Corn Marigold) and Anthemis arvensis (Corn Chamomile).
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