Striking BiColored Cornflower

By Charlie Nardozzi, February 22, 2007

Cornflower or mountain bluet (Centaurea montana) is one of the staples in the midsummer perennial garden. This widely adapted plant has silver-green foliage and produces spider-like blue flowers. The flowers are a great compliment to other early blooming perennials, such as iris, and they make good cut flowers. Now, cornflowers have gotten a little more colorful.

'Amethyst in Snow' (Centaurea montana) features deep blue flower centers surrounded by long rays of white petals. Striking in the garden as well as in a vase, 'Amethyst in Snow' has the same tough growth habit as other cornflowers. Plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall and wide, prefer full sun, and are tolerant of poor soils.

For more information on 'Amethyst in Snow' cornflower, go to: Park Seed Company.

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