Centaurea montana ‘Jordy’
at Digging Dog
Centaurea’s heritage extends all the way back to ancient Greek mythology when Achilles’s wise teacher, Chiron the Centaur was wounded by one of Hercules’ poisoned arrows and subsequently cured by this herb’s miraculous healing powers.
Equally at home in a present day border or a more naturalized setting, our hardy undemanding selections paint a bright picture inside as well. The long lasting boisterous blooms are celebrated cut flowers, bringing high-spirited accents to both fresh and dried arrangements.
Appreciative of well draining “sweet” soil, the ever amenable Knapweed withstands some drought, but not wet, wintertime feet.
Centaurea montana ‘Jordy’
Ringed with spidery ultra-fringed tubular florets, the
dark-as-midnight blooms are presented singularly,
strutting sumptuous reddish purple shades on tall
staunch stems. Black embroidered buds, intriguing
seed heads and silver felted new growth further
enhance the tidy clump of broadly lanceolate green
leaves that sport minute pearly hairs. A fan of lean
chalky sites, this fanciful bloomer appreciates periodic
pruning and works best as a filler in a Mediterranean
planting, cottage garden or a naturalized setting,
where it will bring on the bees, butterflies and other
Size: 18" high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 3.
Centaurea montana ‘Jordy’ (P-1797)
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Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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