Bachelor’s Button, Blue Jubilee Gem (Organic)
Centaurea cyanus. 60 days.
Bachelor’s Buttons deserve a place in every garden. They are easy-to-grow, make a nice little cut flower, and pollinators love them. Blue Jubilee Gem’s frilly blossoms reach 2” across and are a lovely periwinkle blue, the most common bachelor’s button color. The semi-dwarf plants grow to about 2′ and bloom over a long period, especially if dead-headed. Naturalizes easily if you let some go to seed. Won the All-American Selections silver medal in 1937 and it has been a favorite in the garden ever since. Drought tolerant and deer resistant. Self-sowing annual that can handle frost when young. 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.