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Cornflower Montana

Centaurea montana

Is a perennial cornflower, or a mountain cornflower, This c montana grows in meadows and open woodlands in the upper montane and sub-alpine zones. It will grow 12-28 inches tall with a 24-36 inch spread,  will flower from May to August. It is distinguished from the other Centaurea  by its unusual entire leaves, with the blue purple color on its outrmost florets. Centaurea montana grows in gardens where it grows best in sunny positions. It tolerates some light shade. Since the plant is  evergreen it can use the light in winter and early spring when deciduous trees and shrubs have no leaves. The plant also grows well in acid, neutral or very alkaline soils. It tolerates drought but cannot tolerate water logged conditions. Hardiness zones 3-8