This is an extravagant and rich blue flower of the Mountain Cornflower that people recognize as Mountain Cornflower or Bachelor’s Button. These flowers are a very nice additions to the garden. These attractive perennial features grow 2-inch-wide (5 cm). The flowers are blue with fleshy reddish-blue centers from late spring to early summer. It generally blooms again in late summer.
A magnet for butterflies, so add these mountain cornflowers anywhere you want. It will be a touch of bright color without maintenance!
Characteristics of the Mountain Cornflower
- It grows in straight groups up to 12-18 inches tall and wide (30-45 cm).
- It prefers full sun or partial shade and enjoys average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. So, rich soils are to avoid! This rhizomatous mountain plant will prolifically self-propagate, if you don’t embedd it. It can also quickly spread to form colonies under satisfactory growing conditions.
- Easy to grow, long-living and virtually pest and disease free. It also tolerates deer and drought!
- Perfect for borders, cabin gardens, grassland planting, coastal gardens and wildlife gardens. Excellent choice to naturalize. Great to go in a bouquet of cut flowers!
- Several cultivars of mountain cornflowers are available. One of them is Centaurea montana ‘Alba’, with pure white flowers. It also has silky white petals radiating from royal purple centers or Centaurea montana ‘Violetta’. It has impressive violet-blue flowers.
- Remove the worn flower stems in the ground after flowering.
Medicinal use of Mountain Cornflower
People rarely use mountain cornflower in modern herbalism. However, it has a reputation in parts of Europe as a wash for tired eyes.
Many consider it to be most effective on blue eyes and a large plantain (Plantago majus) is used for brown eyes.
The dried flowers are antitussive, astringent, weakly diuretic, emmenagogue, ophthalmic, slightly purging and tonic.
Important information of the Mountain Cornflower
Flower habitat: Mountain forest margins and meadows.
Other uses of the mountain cornflower: It can be used as a cover plant in a sunny position.
Mountain cornflower cultivation: Margins of mountain forests and meadows.
Known risks of Mountain Centaurea: None known.
How to plant a Mountain Cornflower
Sow March in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, pinch the seedlings into individual pots and plant them in their permanent positions in the summer.
The seed is best sown as soon as it matures in August in a greenhouse. It spends the winter under cover and is planted in the spring. Division in autumn. Very easy, larger groups can be directly planted in their permanent positions. However, it is better to accumulate smaller groups and grow them in a cold frame until they are well rooted.
Plant them in the summer or after spring. This should be done at least once every three years, so they can maintain the vigor of the plants. Basal cuttings in spring.
A very beautiful flower
An outstanding feature is its deep blue petals with a crown approaching deep pink, a stormy and hairy crown. Its teeth-shaped flowers interspersed without a doubt a very beautiful flower that can decorate any field of flowers.
It is a very curious flower that grasps different shades. One of them is that in winter they have a green hue, since its tile color takes it in the summer.
Where is the mountain cornflower from?
A flower that grows in the mountains, belongs to eastern Europe and Africa. It grows in the southern mountains of Europe but very difficult to find in the north, but there are some who claim that cornflower is also on the Asian continent .
The Mountain Cornflower is a flower that blooms in the summer.
Can I plant the mountain cornflower in my garden?
Cornflower is a popular flower because many flower-loving people know of its existence. It is also very in favor of the cornflower and is very resistant to not very pleasant climates. So you have to:
- Sow in a land with drainage and in full sun.
- Water it regulary, and avoid excess of it.
What properties does the Mountain Cornflower have?
- You can use the dried flower in numerous tea blends.
- Cornflower ashes are rich in potassium.
- In compresses you can use it to calm eye pain.
Other information about the Mountain Cornflower (Taxonomy)
It belongs to the Family of daisies – Asteraceae (Compositae).
Growth form: Perennial herb. Creeping rhizome. Form herbages.
Species: Centaurea mountain