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Bachelor Button

Centaurea cyanus

"French pink bleuette," "bluebottle" to the English and now know as Cornflower or Bachelor Button, Centaurea cyanus was among the cultivated flowers Jefferson listed on an undated manuscript. A handsome, sun-loving annual flower, it has been popular in America since colonial times, and Bernard McMahon offered it in five colors -- purple, red, blue, white, and striped.

Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Blue, Purple
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 May 31 to 2001 Jul 72002 Apr 15 to 2002 Aug 22003 Apr 30 to 2003 Aug 22004 Apr 23 to 2004 Jul 192005 May 2 to 2005 Jul 202006 Apr 17 to 2006 Aug 12007 Apr 30 to 2007 Jun 142008 May 15 to 2008 Jun 242009 May 11 to 2009 Aug 42011 May 17 to 2011 Jul 72014 May 12 to 2014 Jul 302015 May 18 to 2015 Jul 1
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