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CENTAUREA montana 'Amethyst in Snow'

Image of Centaurea montana 'Amethyst in Snow' PP18284

Blooms of Bressingham

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CENTAUREA montana 'Amethyst in Snow' PP18284

Plant Common Name

Amethyst in Snow Cornflower, Mountain Bluet, Perennial Cornflower

General Description

What a pretty mountain bluet. The patented ‘Amethyst in Snow’ originates from the mountainous areas of Central Europe. This mounding perennial is distinguished by its large feathery white and purple flowers, high vigor and overall good garden performance.

The foliage is gray-green, lance-shaped and forms a low mound. In late spring to early summer strong stems topped with spidery white flowers with purple centers appear. The blooms are attractive to butterflies and set lots of seed once spent. In fact, mountain bluets are known to self-sow with efficiency, so it’s wise to remove the flower heads before they mature.

Grow this easy perennial in full to partial sun and offer it well drained average to poor soil. Once established, the plants can withstand moderate drought. The plant’s clumps can become substantial and should be divided every three years or so. The delicate blooms of ‘Amethyst in Snow’ will add sparkle to sunny alpine, rock or cottage gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue, Dark Blue

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes