Bachelor Button

Centaurea cyanus

[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: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it:

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Blooming Dates 2001: May 31 – Jul 72002: Apr 15 – Aug 22003: Apr 30 – Aug 22004: Apr 23 – Jul 192005: May 2 – Jul 202006: Apr 17 – Aug 12007: Apr 30 – Jun 142008: May 15 – Jun 242009: May 11 – Aug 42011: May 17 – Jul 72014: May 12 – current