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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.

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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: 
May 31, 2001 to July 7, 2001April 15, 2002 to August 2, 2002April 30, 2003 to August 2, 2003April 23, 2004 to July 19, 2004May 2, 2005 to July 20, 2005April 17, 2006 to August 1, 2006April 30, 2007 to June 14, 2007May 15, 2008 to June 24, 2008May 11, 2009 to August 4, 2009May 17, 2011 to July 7, 2011May 12, 2014 to July 30, 2014May 18, 2015 to July 1, 2015April 25, 2016 to July 15, 2016May 27, 2019 to July 15, 2019

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