Bachelor’s Button, Mauve Ball (Organic)
Centaurea cyanus. 65 Days.
A mauve/lilac purple version of the classic Bachelor’s Button. Plants grow to 36″ with fully double flowers on long, sturdy stems that make a great addition to bouquets. Blooms early and keeps going right up until frost, providing a great mid-summer to late season nectar source for pollinators. May be sown in fall for earlier flowers the next spring. Will self-sow. 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.