Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'
Centaurea 'Jordy'

Centaurea 'Jordy'

"Bachelor's button"

Centaurea 'Jordy'

1 bare roots — £4.39

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Description

Showcase a combination of grace and high drama by planting a patch of dreamily dark Centaurea 'Jordy'. With fine, shaggy petals in an alluring shade of deep purple, set against silvery-grey foliage, this modern bachelor's button or knapweed has a license to thrill! Even the patterned flower buds are pretty. Native to the mountain meadows and woodlands of continental Europe, nectar-rich Centaurea is loved by pollinators of all kinds, and the sensational Centaurea 'Jordy' is no exception—it’s a wildlife-garden beauty. 

Find a spot for Centaurea montana 'Jordy' in a sunny or partially shaded part of the garden, in a moist but well-drained soil. Flowering in early summer, knapweed will respond well to a chop-back soon after flowering to encourage a second flush of blooms later in the season. Centaurea 'Jordy' is a hardy perennial that is very resilient and will grow back every year. Each year the clump will spread slightly, eventually providing you with rewardingly gorgeous swathes of early summer colour.

In the olden days, some men would place a Centaurea flower in one of their buttonholes before going courting, hence the nickname bachelor's button.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • May need winter cover

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Centaurea montana 'Jordy'

  • Flower colour

    Deep purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Clump-forming
    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Half hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Ground cover
    Cottage gardens
    Exotic gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Acid, any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp
    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Toxic if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Centaurea 'Jordy' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Bachelor's button" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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