Centaurea kotschyana WINE CORNFLOWER produces burgandy wine coloured flower heads and is an unfussy, easy to grow plant. Happily it requires little to no maintenance once established.
Perfect under deciduous trees, or part shade
Centaurea kotschyana WINE CORNFLOWER prefers a little shade and dappled sunlight, or shade for part of the day, particularly in hot areas. However it will also thrive in Full Sun and is tolerant of dry conditions.
This beauty can tolerate drought but cannot tolerate waterlogged conditions.
Growing: Centaurea kotschyana
– Height with flowers: 30cm – 45cm. approx.
– Width: Dense, low and neat clump to a diameter of 30cm. – 50cm. approx.
– Position: Partial Shade is preferred, particularly in hot areas. However it will also thrive in Full Sun if the soil is retentive or the district is cooler.
– Soil: Tolerant of a range of soils, varying from light sand to heavy clay but must be well drained.
– Frost: Very frost hardy, and able to withstand severe frosts to well below -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial clump.
Other garden benefits
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and also other beneficial pollinators.
– Care: Easy, Low care plant requiring very little maintenance. You can tidy off spent flower stems if you are looking for something to do, but it is not essential. Otherwise they are care free.
Water: Normal average garden water is sufficient, and this is a hardy plant that can withstand variations and even more difficult periods of heat and dry.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Nibbling pests do not enjoy the texture of Centaurea foliage, and it is even listed by Washington State University as a deer resistant plant.
– Fragrance: Sadly none, but other good qualities make you forgive this misdemeanour.
– Origin: C
– Healing History: The whole family of Centaurea was named after the Centaur Chiron – half man half horse – who according to Greek mythology, used a Centaurea plant to heal his wounds.
Chiron our Centaur, was the unfortunate result of a rape, when a very wicked, shapeshifting god took on the form of a horse, and “lay” with a sea nymph. Poor Chiron was rejected by his mother at birth, but rose above his unfortunate beginnings to become a great healer.
And that’s how Centaureas got their name.
They were traditionally used as a healing herb for wounds.