Knapweed Greater - Mr. Fothergill&

Knapweed Greater - Mr. Fothergill's

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Centaurea scabiosa

  • Half Hardy Perennial
  • Full Sun 
  • Germination in 14-42 days.
  • Flowers same year from an early sowing.
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Great as cut flowers

A thistle-like plant that produces nectar rich flowers and stunning purple blooms, these flowers are perfect for cutting. Best grown in a full sun habitat these flowers will thrive grown in a flower border or a wild environment. Bloom times can be expected between July and September, when planted between the early spring and the early summer.

Approx. 100 seeds

Sow indoors for surest results, 0.5cm (¼”) deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a cold frame, unheated greenhouse or on a cool windowsill. Seedlings appear in 14-42 days. Transplant seedlings 5cm (2”) apart to further trays when large enough to handle. (Always handle by a leaf, never by the stem.) Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts) before planting out 40cm (16”) apart.

Sow outdoors in a seed bed, 0.5cm (¼”) deep into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Thin seedlings to 5cm (2”) apart before planting out to flowering positions in spring or autumn, spacing 40cm (16”) apart.

Mainly seen growing in hedgerows, grassland and on roadsides, making it an ideal addition to the flower border and wildlife areas.

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