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.
Coveted by florists, bees and butterflies, the silken starburst of finely fringed blackberry-colored petals plus embroidered dark buds creates a stylish contrast against silver-haired gray-green lanceolate foliage. ‘Black Sprite’s exotic, long blooming tubular flowers sojourn on upright stems above a low growing leafy mound that tolerates dry conditions once established, prefers good drainage and slightly alkaline soil as well as a periodic cut back. (pp #23,250)
Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 3.
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