This beloved blue wildflower, known as a bleuet
in France, is most often seen growing at the edges of French wheat fields along with bright red poppies. In the States we know bachelors' buttons (Centaurea cyanus
) as an annual in "grandmother's" garden. That's because seeds for this plant were brought to America by the first European immigrants, and were handed down from garden to garden and generation to generation.
Bachelors' buttons are mostly dark blue, but you'll see an occasional light blue, pink, or white variant. Plant them in full sun in almost any garden soil. They are drought-tolerant, but don't appreciate a waterlogged location. Wild bachelors' buttons make wonderful cutflowers. Be sure to save some of the seed, or just cut the dry plants down in the fall and let them selfsow. They will reward you with generations of bloom.
Size: 2 grams
Our seeds are certified organically grown by a small family flower farm in the Massif Central
of France. The seeds are hand collected and packaged, and even the packets are decorated with a family member's drawings of the plant inside.