Centaurea cyanus

These beautiful deep blue, plentiful blooms on tall stems are self-seeding flowers often referred to as Bachelors Buttons. They flower in our garden in early July and last about two weeks. The tall, dense greenery makes a great backdrop after the flowers have died off. They provide pollen for many insects and are particularly appreciated by beekeepers.

Folklore has it that single young men in love wore the flowers and if the flower faded too quickly the young man’s love was not returned…hence Bachelor’s Buttons.