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Centaurea moschata

Sweet sultan

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.3m to 0.8m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourYellow, white
  • Leaf ColourSilver-green

Description

Centaurea moschata (Sweet sultan). This is a fast-growing slender stalked annual clump. The petals are narrow and will grow outwards in a sunray pattern with delicately-coloured flowers that are reminiscent of a thistle bloom. These fragrant blooms are held above deep grey-green leaves. You should remove the faded blooms to encourage further flowering. The seed will perform best when sown outdoors in the bed in which they are to grow, but indoor sowing may be done in the early spring.

Characteristics

Annual, Fragrant

Origin

Europe, Med, Asia, Australia

Interest and use

Border, fragrance

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Deadhead to promote flowering. Seeds grow best sown outdoors, indoors sow in early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew may be problem.

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