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Bachelor's Buttons (Cornflower, Kornblume, Bluebow, Hurtsickle, Blue Cap, Bluet) - Centaurea cyanus - Annual, reseeds freely; Lovely 1in. blooms in shades of white, blue and pink atop sturdy stems with carnation-like foliage. Wonderful in a cottage garden or in a bouquet. At one time, the flowers were used to manufacture a French eyewash, Eau de Casselunettes, which was used to treat weak eyes. Culpeper, in his famous herbal, declared that the flowers, mixed with plantain, horsetail and comfrey was an excellent antidote for the bite of scorpions and other venomous creatures and the seeds were used to fight infectious diseases, including the plague. The blooms are still used with alum-water to make a lavender-blue water color paint. It was also said that the stems of the plant were so strong that they would dull any sickle used to cut them, thus the name hurtsickle. Full sun; plant height: 18-24in.
|#373 Packet $3.50 Approximately 100 seeds||
|#B1-373 BULK SEEDS 1lb $34.99||
Golden Yellow Cornflower - Centaurea suaveolens - Perennial - Bright yellow blooms on sturdy stems make a good cut flower. Hardy to 40F (-40C); height: 24in.
|#3824 Packet $3.50, Approximately 100 seeds||
Montana Blue Cornflower (Mountain Blue Cornflower) Centaurea montana - Perennial - Bright cornflower-blue feathery blooms appear in the spring. Foliage is bright green and forms a mound. Will reseed if not dead-headed. Native wildflower attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Hardy to -40F (-40C); height: 24in.
|#2852 Packet $3.50, Approximately 50 seeds||
Persian Cornflower - Centaurea dealbata - Perennial - Rose pink blooms with grey-green finely cut foliage. Excellent cut flower. Hardy to 40F (-40C); height: 24in.
|#2853 Packet $3.50, Approximately 50 seeds||
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