Garnet Boy Bachelor’s Button


Garnet Boy Bachelor’s Button

Centaurea cyanus
(90 days) Annual. Ruffled dark maroon. We've sometimes called it Black Gem Bachelor’s Button. Dates from Buist’s 1942 catalog. 3' tall. Hard to find.

4875 Garnet Boy
Item Discounted
A: 0.25g for $2.75   
B: 1g for $4.75   
C: 4g for $7.50   
D: 12g for $11.50   

Additional Information

Bachelor’s Button

~180 seeds/g.

Annual. Named for the centaurs of Greek mythology. Easy to grow, great for cutflowers and beds. Common name may refer to the tight unopened buds’ resemblance to buttons or to their popularity as boutonnieres. Also known as Cornflower and, formerly, Hurt-Sickle because its wiry stems dulled many a sickle during mowing time.

Culture: Start indoors at 60–65° 2 months before setting out, or direct seed in May in a sunny location. Deadhead for persistent blooms, or make a succession planting in mid-late June if you desire late-summer flowering. Will self-sow. Lasts longer than most flowers after frost. Excellent drought resistance. Cut when flowers are just beginning to open—they’ll open more in the vase and last 6–10 days. 3'. Cannot ship to Alaska.


All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.

Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.

Germination Testing

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Our Seeds are Non-GMO


All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.