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Centaurea hypoleuca

Turkish cornflower

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.5m to 0.8m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPink, white
  • Leaf ColourLight green

Description

Centaurea hypoleuca (Turkish cornflower). This is an upright spreading perennial clump which is native to Turkey and Iran. The leaves are lance-shaped and pinnatifid, they are grey-green in colour and woolly. The flowers are pink or white and have fringed petals with a soft yellow centre. You should remove the faded flower heads to further the flowering bud production and encourage better growth.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Cornflower

Origin

Turkey, Iran

Interest and use

Border, wildflower/meadow

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will require sun, and will grow in any well drained soil, even poor soil.

Propagation

Deadhead to prolong flowers.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew may be problem.

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