Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball'

Dark-crimson, double blooms that don't fade. I wouldn't be without it. More
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Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball' has dark crimson double flowers, whose colour doesn't fade. It dries brilliantly too. A long standing favourite.

No cottage garden is complete without it's cornflowers – Loved by Pollinators and brilliant cut flowers. We use lots of them for wedding and party flowers to make table runners and napkin rings as they last brilliantly out of water.

Genus Centaurea cyanus
Variety Black Ball
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Cornflower
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Chalky, Neutral, Sandy
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 90cm (36in), or if autumn-sown 1-1.2m (39-47in)
Spacing 30-40cm (12-16in), 45cm (18in) if autumn sown
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow in mid spring and/or late summer for larger, earlier flowers the following year.
Care Tips Deadhead to encourage further flowering. Needs staking.
Flowering May - July, 10-12 weeks from spring sowing
Vase Life 5-7 days. Dries well. They last brilliantly out of water - and so can be made into many types of arrangements and craft ideas.
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 months. This is a cut-and-come-again variety.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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  • Flowers/Harvest
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Lovely colour

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Reviewed 10th August 2015 by Lisa

I grew two sowings of this, one in autumn and one in spring. The autumn sowings were far taller, but too tall even for the back of my border and despite staking still flopped. The spring sown ones I pinched out and were far better behaved and looked better For longer.. The foliage is silvery too which makes a great foil for the flowers and looks good in a mixed border. Even the ones in semi shade did well. Would sow again!