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Centaurea montana

Description: A low spreading herbaceous perennial with grayish leaves and large flowers variable in colour from light blue to deep blue or blue-violet flowers in early summer. The solitary flowers are fringed, cornflower like (hence the comon name) and have reddish blue centers and black-edged involucre bracts. Best massed in border fronts, cottage gardens or naturalized areas.

A low-growing perennial found naturally in meadows and woods on the mountains of Europe.

Climate/Position: Equally at home in full sun or partial shade.

Height/Spread: 45cm x 60cm

Soil Requirements: Best in moisture retentive but well-drained soils. Drought tolerant. Avoid rich, fertile soils.

Pruning: Remove flower stalks to the ground after bloom to encourage some re-bloom in late summer.

Special Requirements: Plants may be divided every 2-3 years.