Delicate, pale blue and white celestial flowers isn't where the show stops. Starflower seedheads will have you stargazing at a sphere covered in translucent, papery, striped cups cradling a five-pointed, dark star. Expect eons of enjoyment as the seedheads shine brightly for an indefinite amount of time in dried floral arrangements. Simply clip the stems to the desired length and hang upside down to dry. A prolific bloomer, the plants will be covered in flowers and seedheads from mid-summer to frost. Fresh flowers are a graceful addition to bouquets. Also known as drumstick flower. Attracts pollinators. Deer resistant.
Botanical Name: Lomelosia stellata
Native: Northern Africa and Southwestern Europe
Plant Dimensions: 18″–24″ tall, 12″ wide
Variety Information: 1″–1½”, pale blue flowers with white centers resemble pin heads in a small pincushion. The seedheads are globe-shaped, comprised of many translucent, cream-colored, papery cups with a dark “star” in the center of each. The star turns black as it matures to a ripe seed.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Bloom Period: Blooms summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 65°–70°F.
Days to Emerge: 10 – 15 Days
Seed Depth: ?”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 9″ – 12″
Thinning: When 1″ tall, thin to 1 every 9″ – 12″