Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Perennials
Striking BiColored Cornflower
by Charlie Nardozzi
Cornflower or mountain bluet (Centaurea montana) is one of the staples in the midsummer perennial garden. This widely adapted plant has silver-green foliage and produces spider-like blue flowers. The flowers are a great compliment to other early blooming perennials, such as iris, and they make good cut flowers. Now, cornflowers have gotten a little more colorful.
Amethyst in Snow (Centaurea montana) features deep blue flower centers surrounded by long rays of white petals. Striking in the garden as well as in a vase, Amethyst in Snow has the same tough growth habit as other cornflowers. Plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall and wide, prefer full sun, and are tolerant of poor soils.
For more information on Amethyst in Snow cornflower, go to: Park Seed Company.