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Centaurea Caramia

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Unusual thistle like flowers

A very pretty Cornflower with rich pink flower heads instead of the more familiar blue. This new introduction is rather special and bound to find its way into many gardens. It makes a lovely cut flower.

Where?

Perfect for sunny or lightly shaded mixed border and a wildlife friendly garden where butterflies and bees will find the flowers irresistible.

How?

Undemanding and easy to grow in a well-drained soil. Add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and likely to stay wet in winter.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen No
Plant height 5 cm - 10 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 10 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Patio container, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September