Large, fuzzy canary-yellow flowers soar up in summer and autumn, to make Centaurea macrocephala a dramatic background plant.
These large and shaggy blooms look like a flock of giant canaries who have all just got out of the shower on a “bad hair day”.
And they make striking and excellent cut flowers as well as garden display. So they are prized by commercial florists.
The common names of “Armenian Cornflower”, or “Armenian Basket Flower” fit well.
As this tough and hardy plant does indeed happily grow in the
Armenian Cornflower forms a low mound of broad leaves, and so the foliage remains quietly decorative at the back, until it soars up with strong stems and a flock of giant flowers in the summer.
Centaurea macrocephala relishes a position in Full Sun. Where it is hardy in heat, dry & frost.
It is perfect for water conscious gardeners and those in hot and dry areas.
Because it is drought resistant, and can withstand periods of dry and minimal watering, once established.
Tough Centaurea macrocephala also copes in poor soils.
It will make a go of it in a wide range of soil types from sandy, to clay, and all points between.
But whatever soil you have – do not overfeed or overfertilize your Armenian Cornflower.
Or it will grow heaps of foliage and give less of those spectacular, shaggy flower heads.
Centaurea macrocephala makes a low maintenance, evergreen perennial mound.
The only work required is to cut back the spent flower stems to the ground after blooming.
This tough plant is rarely if ever troubled by pests or diseases. The only real enemy is too much water or too much feed.
Rabbits and deer do not have it high on their menu. So Centaurea macrocephala has a good ranking on the Rabbit and Deer Resistant chart.
But bees, small native honey-eating birds, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators love the flowers as a rich source of nectar and pollen in the hotter days.
In fact, once established in position, Centaurea macrocephala is best not disturbed. But instead left to quietly get on with its job of being decorative and virtually bullet proof.
The plant resents it’s stout roots being divided or moved.
Armenian Cornflower is in no way invasive or troublesome, and your gardening friends will just have to come to your place to share the beauty (or grow their own from seed).
Towering 1.2m H in flower (but a low mound when not blooming) x 75cm W approx.
SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Can be sown at any time of year.
Scatter in garden / or sow in punnets indoors for early plants.
INDOORS: Scatter on surface of good quality potting mix. Press gently into surface. Cover with 2mm of mix.
Keep away from light for best germination, so cover punnet with cardboard or black plastic, except for when watering punnet. Keep moist.
18-24°C is best for rapid germination.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 21-30 days.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack