This Amethyst Dream centaurea adds a new spin on the blue cornflowers or Bluet’s we normally see here in Ohio.
I found this Amethyst Dreams growing in the trial gardens at Franklin Park Conservatory this fall. It had vivid purple blooms with silvery green foliage. Amethyst Dream prefers full sun but will live in partial shade. It is hardy in zones 3 through 8 and blooms from May to June.
Their vivid purple blooms are lovely but I am rather fond of the the native grown light blue Cornflowers that grow along the roadsides and fields here in Ohio in the summer from late June to August. (minus the litter of course)
Centaurea cyanus Cornflower or Bluet
They are sprayed to keep them out of the fields now but they thrive and multiply in the worst conditions of dry gravel, clay soil and salt along our roads here in the hills.
I am sure most people around here consider them weeds but I love the powdery blue blooms.
Do you consider it a weed or a native flower in your area?
I also have three tickets left for the Central Ohio Garden Show which starts this weekend. If you would like them please email me your address.