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Mountain Bluet

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Unique and eye-catching with beautiful blue petals and rose anthers; heat and drought tolerant, excellent for sunny gardens; beautiful when added to fresh or dried arrangements; remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms

Characteristics

Species:
montana
Other Species Names:
Perennial Bachelor's Button
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Centaurea
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Growth Rate:
fast
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
blue
Flower Period:
from late spring to late summer
Summer Foliage Color:
gray green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Mountain Bluet features unusual blue lacecap flowers with rose anthers at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Mountain Bluet is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Mountain Bluet will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.

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