Perennials & Biennials

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  • Centaurea dealbata Persian cornflower Z 3-8

    Rosy dome shaped blossoms with fringed petals May-June, deadhead for rebloom

    $10.45/bareroot

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    Centaurea dealbata syn. Psephellus dealbata Persian cornflower Z 3-8
    Rosy dome shaped blossoms with fringed petals May-June, deadhead for rebloom

    Size: 2-3' x 2'
    Care: sun in moist well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Named for the Centaur, half-horse and half-man who was a mythical famous healer. This species collected before 1803.

  • Centaurea macrocephala Armenian basketflower Z 3-9

    Bold cheerful yellow flower head

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    Centaurea macrocephala  Armenian basketflower, Globe centaurea, Bighead knapweed Z 3-9
    Picture a Canada thistle at its peak -this looks like a magnificent, cheerful yellow version – but it’s not a thistle.  Blooms July-August

    Size: 3-4' x 18-24"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Caucasus

    Centaurea is named after the Greek mythological figure a Centaur named Chiron, half-horse, half-man. Macrocephala means “big-head” referring to the big flowers. McMahon sent this to Jefferson in 1812.

  • Centaurea montana Mountain bluet Z 3-8

    Feathery indigo flowers bloom in May and June

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    Centaurea montana Mountain bluet  Z 3-8
    True blue, with a touch of pink near the center, spidery flowerheads in May-June and sporatically thereafter or all summer if you deadhead.

    Size: 18" x 24"
    Care: Sun - part shade, moist well-drained soil. Cut back after flowering for rebloom.
    Native: Mountains of Europe

    Centaurea is named after the Greek mythological figure, a Centaur named Chiron, half-horse, half-man. Ovid claimed that the plant cured a wound in Chiron’s foot from an arrow hurled by Hercules. Introduced from the Pyrenees and grown in English cottage gardens since the 1500’s. Cultivated in America since 1800’s.

  • Centranthus ruber Jupiter’s beard, red valerian Z 5-8

    Cluster of crimson, star-shaped florets atop 2’ stems bloom their heads of ALL summer.

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    Centranthus ruber   Jupiter’s beard, red valerian Z 5-8
    Cluster of crimson, star-shaped florets atop 2’ stems bloom their heads of ALL summer.

    Size: 24-36”x 36”
    Care: Sun in well-drained alkaline soil
    Native: Mediterranean
    Wildlife Value: attracts butterflies

    Centranthus is from the Greek meaning “spurred flower.”  According to Culpepper, an English herbalist from the early 1600’s, this plant comforts the heart and stirs up lust.  Parkinson, in 1629 describes it “of a fine red colour, very pleasant to behold.”