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Cornflower Pink Ball

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Another gorgeous addition to the cornflower family! This time in beautiful, eye-catching pink.

Once a common sight in cornfields across the UK, before the use of herbicides, these brilliant, pink, native flowers are now a rare sight but thankfully live on in our gardens. They are a dream to grow. Easy, prolific, (producing endless amounts of flowers over several months if you keep on top of the dead-heading), beloved of butterflies and bees and will happily self-seed.

They also make excellent cut flowers, lasting for 5-7 days in a vase.

Loved by bees and flower lovers alike.  

Seed Quantity: 400 Seeds

Type: Annual

Genus: Centaurea cyanus

Sow Seeds: Sow in September for larger, stronger plants and/or in late April.  Can be sown in modules to transplant later or direct into the soil.  Pre-water the soil before sowing.  Sow thinly and cover only very lightly. Do not let the soil dry out.  Grow in poor, well-drained soil and in full sun and it is advisable to grow through some netting as they are prone to flopping over in high winds without support.

Plant Out: July- October.  Keep cutting and deadheading to encourage more blooms

Flowers: June-September

Height & Spread: 60-90cm high x 30cm spread

These seeds are also found in the following Seed Collections:

 A Year in a Cottage Garden

Cornflower Pink Ball

RHS Plants for Pollinators.

The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects.

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    Cornflower Pink Ball bloom in its natural habitat with surrounding greenery
    Logo indicating the plant is beneficial for pollinators
    Close-up of a Cornflower Pink Ball flower with green foliage
    Cornflower Pink Ball blossoms presented against a dark background

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 1 review
    Tamsin Wilson

    Very excited to see how these grow. Excellent packaging and speedy delivery.

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