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Centaurea’s heritage extends all the way back to ancient Greek mythology when Achilles’s wise teacher, Chiron the Centaur was wounded by one of Hercules’ poisoned arrows and subsequently cured by this herb’s miraculous healing powers.
Equally at home in a present day border or a more naturalized setting, our hardy undemanding selections paint a bright picture inside as well. The long lasting boisterous blooms are celebrated cut flowers, bringing high-spirited accents to both fresh and dried arrangements.
Appreciative of well draining “sweet” soil, the ever amenable Knapweed withstands some drought, but not wet, wintertime feet.
“A border flower of the highest merit,” is how British horticulturist, William Robinson once described this awe-inspiring Centaurea, and we couldn’t agree more! Crowning long straight green stems, the fluffy thistle-style heads in unique pale citron yellows and tissue-thin buff-colored bracts will attract more than a few admirers. These ample-sized, sublime-for-cutting blooms heighten a graceful ferny pedestal of rich green pointed leaves with gray undersides, narrow silhouettes and a refined countenance. Appreciative of adequately draining soil, the ever amenable Knapweed withstands some drought, but not wet winter feet.
Size: 3'–4' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Centaurea ruthenica (P-1329)
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Garden Conservancy Mendocino Coast Open Day - June 13
European Hand-tied Bouquet Demonstration by Dundee Butcher of the Russian River Flower School
Nursery garden tour by Deborah Whigham
10am - 5pm
Saturday Strolls & Plant Chat - June 27
Join us for a fun, informative guided tour of our colorful borders led by Deborah Whigham. Enjoy refreshments and take home great gardening ideas.
2-4:30pm - FREE!
Summer Dog-Gone Plant Sale - July 10, 11 & 12
Discover a abundance of easy-to-grow plants, including many rate beauties and water-wise toughies, at a savings!
Stroll our delightful display plantings
Saturday: light refreshments & guided tour at 2pm
July 10, 11 & 12
10am - 5pm
Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
We love Helleborus
because they look fantastic whether they're in the garden or gracing a cut arrangement. Be sure to check out our on-line selection of them.
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