CHABER – BLUEBOTTLE
The cornflower is well known to us (Centaurea Cyanus) leaning their sapphire crowns among a field of slightly undulating grain.
The cornflower, mentioned at the outset, is a common weed, which is often sown in flower beds. The cornflower comes from him – Cornflower as an ornamental crop. Cornflowers are also biennial and permanent plants.
The cornflower blooms in May-September. It grows up to the height 30-90 cm. It has a branchy stem, single flower baskets on long stalks. Marginal flowers radially funnel-shaped, blue, in cultivated varieties white, pink or purple.
Sweet cornflower (Centaurea odorata) it grows up to the height 80 cm. It blooms from July to autumn. It has a straight stem, branched, pinnate leaves, serrated in places. It blooms white, yellow, purple or blue, depending on the variety.
Chaber cesarski (Centaurea imperialis) has different varieties – about flowers in a shade of pink, lilac and purple, and the most beautiful variety – White, hay on a cut flower.
Cornflowers do best in sunny places. In the shade and in wet soils, they die. Cornflower seeds are sown into the ground in early April. They can also be sown in the fall, then they bloom earlier – in June. Cornflowers sown in spring bloom in July. They are planted in rows distant by 25-30 cm, while the distance between plants in a row is 15-20 cm, too dense emergence is interrupted. Plants sown in the fall must be protected against frost, covering them with branches of coniferous trees.