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Centaurea melitensis

Cockspur star thistle

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Features

  • BloomsApril to September
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourGrey-green

Description

Centaurea melitensis (Cockspur star thistle). This is an annual herb, the leaves are grey-green and pinnate. The flowers will bloom single and will bloom yellow.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe, Med, Asia, Australia

Interest and use

Grown for the flower heads that each have a thistle like centre surrounded by a ring of slender ray petals. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil, with a sunny position.

Propagation

You will need to sow the annual seeds in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for powdery mildew.

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