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CENTAUREA montana 'Gold Bullion'

Image of Centaurea montana 'Gold Bullion' PP10865

James Burghardt

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

CENTAUREA montana 'Gold Bullion' PP10865

Plant Common Name

Gold Bullion Cornflower, Mountain Bluet, Perennial Cornflower

General Description

A flowering perennial with glowing leaves, ‘Gold Bullion,’ is descended from Mountain Bluet, a native of the mountainous regions of Central Europe. It thrives in temperate climates and drier soils. The plant forms a low mound of lance-shaped, golden leaves above which rise stems of single blue flowers with red centers from late spring to summer.

Grow this montaine perennial in full sun and well-drained, even rocky, soil. Like other mountain bluets, it is a great plantt for rock or alpine gardens and for perennial beds and borders. Plants tend to self-seed, so spent flowers should be removed promptly. Divide the plant every two to three years.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 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

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • 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

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold

  • 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

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes