Spectacular fuzzy creamy-lemon flowers make Centaurea ruthenica an unusual eyecatcher.
And the tousled flowers make excellent cut flowers that last well in a vase as well as in the garden. Because they are borne on long, strong, straight upright stems.
Centaurea ruthenica is also exceptionally long blooming over summer, so it really contributes to garden design with flowers, and also with foliage.
But the Transylvanian Cornflower is not just a pretty mop having a wild hair day.
Because it also has a decorative ferny rosette of foliage, that rather resembles palm fronds (but soft of course).
Centaurea ruthenica revels in Full Sun, and is hardy in heat, dry & frost.
So it is also an excellent choice for gardeners with limited water as a water-wise plant, and has good resistance to periods of dry.
Plus it also copes poor soils.
Consequently it is well rated as a tough, low maintenance, evergreen perennial.
Impressive 1.2m Height in flower x 40cm Wide very decorative low mound of foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Centaurea ruthenica seeds can be sown at any time of year.
You can scatter seeds directly in the garden / or sow in punnets indoors for early plants and higher germination.
INDOORS: Scatter the seed on the surface of good quality potting mix.
First press the seeds gently into the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Then cover the seeds with 2mm depth of mix.
Keep the sown punnet in a warm place, but away from light for best germination, as seeds have better germination in dark conditions. You can place a piece of carboard, or black plastic over the punnet to keep dark conditions until the seeds begin to germinate, then remove the dark cover.
Keep the mix moist, but not saturated.
Temperatures of 18-24°C approx. are best for rapid germination.
A temperature controlled heat mat is a great help to maintain optimum temperatures and rapid germination of maximum number of seeds.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 7-21 days.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).