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Centaurea macrocephala

Species: Centraurea macrocephala.

Gift from Sheila (Scotsgran) spring 2013.

A most splendid border plant with large, yellow, thistle-like flower-heads up to 10cm (4in) across in summer. Magnificent in the garden and makes a long-lasting cut flower. Divide clumps every few years to maintain its vigour, replanting strong pieces into compost-enriched soil. Despite that its heavy flowers are carried on tall waist-high stems, it rarely needs staking.

Genus: Centaurea

Species: macrocephala

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Photos of this plant

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