Looking for a striking blue flower to add pop and color to your garden and flower arrangements? Old-fashioned bachelor buttons, also called cornflowers, are annual flowers that are low-maintenance and beneficial to pollinators! Learn how to plant, grow, and care for bachelor’s buttons.
About Bachelor’s Buttons
Bachelor’s buttons are those small blue flowers with a round, thistle-like shape. Their botanical name is Centaurea cyanus, and they are also known by the common name of cornflower because of their prevalence in cornfields in their native Europe.
While they are famous for their distinctive bright blue color, these flowers are now available in pink, purple, burgundy, white, and two-toned. Bachelor’s Buttons are a cutting garden and cottage garden favorite. They’ll last as long as two weeks in the vase when properly harvested.
Late spring to early summer bloomers, bachelor’s buttons not only provide color between the spring flowers and the summer show, but they also provide food for pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and ladybugs love them. Providing habitat for and encouraging the presence of beneficial insects is one of the best reasons to add these charming old-school flowers to your garden.