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Centaurea macrocephala (Great-headed centaury)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Centaurea macrocephala

Other names

Great-headed centaury

Genus

Centaurea Centaurea

Species

C. macrocephala - C. macrocephala is a clump-forming perennial with yellow flower-heads in summer.


Centaurea macrocephala is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Centaurea macrocephala (Great-headed centaury) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildflower, Wildlife, Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Centaurea macrocephala

Other names

Great-headed centaury

Genus

Centaurea Centaurea

Species

C. macrocephala - C. macrocephala is a clump-forming perennial with yellow flower-heads in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Centaurea macrocephala (Great-headed centaury) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Low Maintenance, Wildflower, Wildlife, Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Prairie planting

Cultivation

Plant in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

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