Easy to start from seed, this annual plant is hugely popular as a bedding plant or cut flower for home gardeners and florists, prized for their brilliant blue flowers, reminiscent of wild chicory. Cornflower is a member of the Asteracea or Compositae family, which is a large and widespread group of plants that includes sunflowers, daisies, and asters.
The soft, frilly double blossoms with fringed petals and delicate gray-green feather foliage make them an excellent cut flower, complemented by zinnias, calendula and other brightly colored cutting garden blossoms.
Starter plants for Cornflowers are available in most garden centers, yet often lack the diversity of colors, making this a good reason to start from seeds.
Coneflowers are often used as a boutonniere in weddings, and because of their popularity, have been bred to produce plants for a wider range of blossom colors, which included white, pink, red purple, deep burgundy (sometimes called black) and the crisp blue which is the only true natural color.
When & Where to Plant Cornflower
Light: Full sun, open fields.
Soil: Moist, well-drained soil. Can tolerate drought conditions, once established.
Spacing: Allow 8-12 inches in between plants.
Planting: Sow seeds in early spring for summer blooming plants. In more moderate climates, seeds can be sown in early fall, and established plants will bloom the following spring and summer.