CENTAURY (centaurium erythraea) WILD FLOWERS seed
Common Centaury -centaurium erythraea– is a very pretty and under-used wildflower. It is closely related to the gentians, making it perfect for including in rock gardens. In the wild, it grows in different types of dry grassland and can be found in open woods, heathland and sometimes on bare open ground. Common Centaury is a low growing species with rich pink flowers, each with a soft yellow centre. Flowers appear from June to September and play host to a wide range of insect life such as bees, and beetles. Common Centaury looks best alongside other low growing wild flowers such as Wild Pansy, Meadow Saxifrage and Sheep’s bit scabious. Alternative Names for Common Centaury include , Feverwort , Bitter herb, Century, Lesser centaury, and Bitterwort
How to grow Common Centaury Seeds
Common Centaury seeds should be sown in spring, either outside, where they are to flower, or in seed trays and covered very lightly with soil or compost. Common Centaury seeds are usually easy to germinate and the seedlings, can be pricked out and grown on, for planting out later in the year.
RHS Perfect for Pollinators.
The RHS Perfect for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects in gardens. Bees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and many others visit flowers to feed on nectar and pollen; while doing so they transfer pollen and increase seed set