Bachelor’s Button, Black Ball (Organic)
Centaurea cyanus. 70 days.
Super dark maroon flowers really catch your eye in the garden and in bouquets. Flowers bloom from June to September, covering plants with 2″ double flowers. Plants grow to 3′ tall and may need staking. Young shoots are edible, flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, florets can be used as a vegetable, or as a garnish in salads. Flowers are lovely dried for flower arrangements. Will self-sow. Common Bachelor’s Button is a light blue color, and we love this dark purple variation. Aka, Cornflower, Bachelor Buttons.
Direct sow 1/4” deep after danger of frost, or sow indoors for transplant 6 weeks before last frost. Thin/ transplant to 12”. Plants prefer full sun. Deadhead to prolong bloom and limit self-seeding.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. some cross-pollination may occur, isolate from other varieties of the same species by 1/4 mile.