With vivid color, 'Black Magic' makes great dried or cut flowers, while edible petals make a stunning garnish to salads, crudités platters, or dinner plates. Bachelor's button, also called cornflower, will “naturalize”; it self-sows for another crop of flowers the following season, and birds love the seed heads!
Botanical Name: Centaurea cyanus
Native: Europe and Asia
Plant Dimensions: 20″–24″ tall, 12″ wide
Variety Information: ½”–1″ wide, very dark maroon flowers
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Beneficial Insects, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Edible Flower
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, or in late summer/fall for blooms the following season. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for winter bloom.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Not recommended; does not transplant well. Use biodegradable pots to avoid root disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 7–14 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″–10″
Thinning: When 1″–2″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″–10″
Special Care: For optimum germination, chill seed in the refrigerator for 5 days before sowing.