Common Name: Cornflower
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 0.30 m (30 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.20 m (20 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Blue|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: June to August|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained
Piercing bright blue flowers with ruffled petals and violet-blue centres apear from early to late summer among lance-shaped mid-green leaves. Once a common sight in cornfields this lovely annual is perfect for naturalising in a sunny wildflower meadow and is a magnet for butterflies and bees. Profits from these seeds are used to protect existing wildflower areas and develop potential new sites.
- Garden care: Wild flowers prefer poor soils so do not apply fertiliser. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering. In autumn cut the faded flowerheads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.
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