About Centaurea Montana
This perennial Centaurea bachelor button with a fringed blue flower doesn’t need any encouraging, coming back year after year. It doesn’t get much easier than this one to spread some violet blue color around. The leaves have a nice velvety feel to them with a silver gleam on their green leaves. Centaurea Montana likes full sun but I don’t have any trouble growing it in semi-shade. Washington State University lists it as a deer resistant plant.
Planting and Growing Centaurea
Make sure your Centaurea “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area in part shade or sun. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot. Clip spent blooms for a continuous flush of flowers!