VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348

Anyone growing centaureas?  Grew lots years ago but some new varieties now.  Can't decide to include these in my winter plant order or not.  Have some dry hot beds  and if we get another summer like this one they should flower superbly.  The variety Black Sprite is tempting me.....anyone growing it?  


  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,108

    I grow them (deer leave them alone - Lizzie take note !).  I have amethyst dream and amethyst in the snow.  Both lovely, and both give me two lots of flowers.  I'm sure with your skills, and your climate, you could get them to give you THREE !!

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • I stole one from my dads bed, oops!!! It was self sown and his looked Doo good enmass. No idea of variety but its a purple/lilac

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,095

     I have the standard blue montana, and purple James coutt. I am not keen on blackish purple flowers , as they seem to disappear into the background.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,095

    well all blacks are dark purple really. Aquilegia  black barlow is really very dark purple.

    They need a light background (yellow foliage), or for me they just disappear. Whereas white flowers come to the fore, when you have been at work all day, and the evenings are drawing in.

    It is cloudy here at the moment. red and pink cosmos and yellow dahlias cheer the place up, but it is the white cosmos that sing out.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,095

    I really like the look of amethyst in the snow.image

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,805

    This Nursery have a National collection of Centaureas.


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