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Centratherum punctatum

Centratherum punctatum
Brazilian buttons
Centratherum punctatum

Synonym(s) Centratherum intermedium
Common name Brazilian buttons
Family asteraceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers blue (late spring-summer)
Size 24"
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

I'm glad this performs well as an annual, since it stands no chance of surviving winter here. I liked the buds, which had a rosy cast before they opened to blue-purple fluffy flowers. the bluish-green leaves, prominently veined and serrated, are nice too.

Brazilian buttons

Several years after last growing Brazilian buttons on purpose, this plants suddenly volunteered in our rock garden – far from the curve garden where I had grown them before. Go figure.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 70F with light (72%G, 6-7d)
  2. Seed from '07 trade. Baggy 70F (65%G, 6-14d)

Exposure to light apparently not necessary. Fairly long-lived seed.

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