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Globe Centaurea (Centaurea macrocephala)

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Hardy, summer-flowering perennial —
Description:  Large, thistle-like flowers on 3-4 foot stalks; chestnut-brown buds open to expose a crown of rich yellow florets in early summer
Habit:  Forms a large clump once established (3'-4'’ high by 1.5'-2'’ wide) with multiple flowering stalks and broad foliage
Culture:  Prefers full sun and dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil
Hardiness:  Cold hardy to USDA Zone 3
Origin:  Caucasus
Attributes:  Cut flower, Drought tolerant

Globe Centaurea, or Great Golden Knapweed, is a robust perennial from the Caucasus, reportedly introduced to Britain in 1805.  The Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon sent seeds of this species to Thomas Jefferson in 1812.  Unlike other thistles, Globe Centaurea is not invasive and is a handsome ornamental in the garden.  Flower heads can be easily dried for arrangements. zone3,zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9

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