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Centaurea cyanus

Centaurea cyanus
Common name bachelor's button; cornflower
Family asteraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue, white (summer)
Size 3-4'
Light sun

Old-fashioned annual, popular in cutting gardens - which is exactly where it grows in our garden this year (although I haven't seen it appear in bouquets just yet - our cutting garden is mainly so in name only). Easy from seed, and very cheerful throughout summer.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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