Centaurea montana 'Alba'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
In late spring and early summer white flowerheads, which sometimes have a pink-flushed disc, open from attractive buds that are covered with bristle-edged scales. A sun-loving perennial that is tolerant of poor soils.
- Garden care: Stake with brushwood or bamboo canes before the flowers appear. Cut back to the ground after flowering and you may get a second flush of flowers. Lift and divide large clumps every three years in spring.
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