Centaurea plants are a type of flower that can be found all over the world. There are many different varieties of this flower, and they come in a variety of colors including blue, purple, and pink. They can be used to make a number of different products, including essential oils, beauty products, and herbal remedies.
What is Centaurea
A Centaurea is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family, which includes sunflowers and daisies. There are over 80 varieties of this flower but most people recognize them by their bright yellow petals and fluffy black seeds (Marin). The leaves will grow to be thick and glossy green when they are mature but during their early years, they can change from purple to red or even brown in color (Sunrise). These plants can get up to three feet tall with a three-foot spread. This makes them excellent for hanging baskets because they look great when displayed high or on wire shelves where their full colors can be seen (Sunrise).
The Benefits of Growing Centaurea
Not only are they aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but growing them is also easy. They do not require much water or attention and they will flower no matter if it has been too long since their last watering or if there was not enough water in the soil at all (Marin). Also, these plants are highly resistant to pests and insects, making them great for people with health concerns who may react adversely to pesticides (Marin). There are even some varieties that fish use as food because they contain bitter-tasting toxins (Marin).
How To Care For And Maintain A Centaurea Plant
The first thing that needs to be done after purchasing a centaurea is to moisten the soil with warm water. After this, sprinkle a complete flowering plant food on top of the soil and then cover it with a thin layer of pebbles (Marin). This will help preserve the moisture in between watering, which should be done once every two weeks or so depending on how many sunny days there have been. It is not necessary to add fertilizer unless you want to ensure your plant thrives for years because even sunflowers can grow without them (Sunrise).
Where To Purchase A Centaurea Plant
centaurea is available at most nurseries and even some grocery stores around springtime or during the early summer months when they flower (Sunrise). They are usually classified by the colors of their blossoms, which are either yellow or red, but some kids can have multi-colored blooms. There are also purple leaves that go along with certain varieties (Marin).
Tips For Keeping Your Plants Alive And Well-Groomed
When watering your centaurea make sure it is done in the morning so the sun has time to dry out any excess moisture left behind on its leaves before nightfall. If you live in an area where there are frost warnings then it would be wise to bring your plants inside around October or November because they will not survive when temperatures drop below freezing (Sunrise). Also, if you forget to water them for several days then it is best to not water them at all until their soil feels like sand (Sunrise).
The centaurea plant is a perennial that blooms from late spring to early summer. It has bright, showy flowers in shades of pink, blue, and white that can be quite striking against the green foliage. The plants grow 2 to 3 feet tall and spread by reseeding themselves, so once you get them started they’ll take care of themselves. Centaureas are drought tolerant but will perform better if given some supplemental water during times of extended dryness. They make great additions to borders, meadows, or wildlife gardens and attract bees and butterflies.