Position

Sun exposure:
Dappled shade, full sun
Aspect:
South facing, west facing
Position in border:
Front, middle

Soil

Chalky / Alkaline / Clay / Heavy / Moist / Well Drained / Light / Sandy

Centaurea montana is a variable but attractive plant native to the mountain meadows and woodlands of continental Europe. It typically has grey-green, lance-shaped leaves and large, deep blue or violet flowers in early summer. It grows best in a moisture-retentive soil in sun or partial shade.

Centaurea montana 'Grandiflora' is an easy-to-grow, clump forming perennial with elongated, mid-green leaves that perfectly complement summer flowers. The blooms are large and violet-blue. Grow in drifts in informal borders, or in groups of three or five in a sunny border. 'Grandiflora' is also suitable for raising in pots.

For best results grow Centaurea montana 'Grandiflora' in a sunny border in moist soil. Remove faded summer flowers to encourage a second flush in autumn.

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Centaurea ‘Grandiflora’ and wildlife

Centaurea ‘Grandiflora’ is known for attracting bees and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Is known to attract Bees
Bees
Is not known to attract Beneficial insects
Beneficial insects
Is not known to attract Birds
Birds
Is not known to attract Butterflies/​Moths
Butterflies/​Moths
Is known to attract Other pollinators
Other pollinators

Is Centaurea ‘Grandiflora’ poisonous?

Centaurea ‘Grandiflora’ has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Birds
Is not known to attract Cats
Cats
Is not known to attract Dogs
Dogs
Is not known to attract Horses
Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Livestock
Is not known to attract People
People
Plants that go well with Centaurea 'Grandiflora'