Centaurea dealbata

Star Thistle, Knapweed, Persian Cornflower

Easy to grow, this member of the daisy family is good for borders or wild gardens. Most annual types are grown for their frilly, cuttable flowers, and perennials for their felty, gray foliage. All like sun, and some are drought-tolerant. Attract birds. Start easily by seed in spring or fall or division. Self-sows, so may pop up where it is not wanted. May need staking.
Centaurea dealbata, Star Thistle, Knapweed, Persian Cornflower
Its finely-cut, narrow, light-green leaves are grayish below and can reach lengths up to 2 feet. Unstaked stems may flop over with the weight of the 2 to 3-inch-wide flowers.

Attributes - Centaurea dealbata

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: Pink

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 2 ft. 6 in. to 3 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Notes: Cut Flowers, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Root Rot, Rust.

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Centaurea cineraria, Centaurea cyanus, Centaurea cyanus 'Florence Mixed', Centaurea gymnocarpa, Centaurea montana
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