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Perennial cornflower - centaurea montana

This is a robust and early-flowering perennial cornflower which is native to Europe and grows wild in Southern European mountainous areas (hence the name).

This is in full flower now at rosybee (end April) and attracting a series of both bumbles and honeybees. This 'early bumblebee' is collecting pollen; you can see the bulging pollen baskets on her back legs and you can just about see how both the petals and bee are dusted pollen.

I grow this plant because it provide all the benefits of the annual cornflowers without the hassle of having to clear some ground and sow the seed. 

It grows in clumps that get to about 80cm across, flopping slightly with the added benefit of suppressing any weeds.  You can grow it at the front of a border an let it flop over the edge at about 50cm high or plant it further back into the border -  and supported  - to reach its maximum height of about a meter.

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