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Centaurea - Cornflowers

Centaurea is a vast genus of about 450 species of annuals, perennials, and subshrubs which are grown for their showy thistle-like flowers in shades of pink, yellow, white, and true blue. Easy to grow, they are perfect in borders, rock gardens, as bedding, for naturalizing or at home in a vase. 

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Centaurea americana (Basket Flower)

Rich of a sweet, honey fragrance, Centaurea americana (Basket Flower) is a magnificent annual boasting very large flowers, 4-5 in. across (10-12 cm), with pinkish lavender ray flowers surrounding creamy disc flowers. Blooming profusely in late spring to late summer, the blossoms open from architectural, egg-shaped flower buds covered with a woven-looking pattern of bristled scales.

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Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)

Bearing charming and profuse flowers for months, Centaurea cyanus, known as Cornflower or Bachelor's Button, are particularly attractive annual plants with usually double, daisy-like flower heads in shades of blue, pink, lavender, white, and maroon

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Centaurea montana (Mountain Cornflower)

The flamboyant, rich blue flowers of Centaurea montana, known as Mountain Cornflower or Bachelor's Button, are pretty additions to the garden.

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