Centratherum intermedium (Brazilian Bachelor’s Button) [25 Seeds]


Germination Information: Start the seeds indoors in late winter to early spring, pressed into the surface of moist growing medium or just barely covered, and keep them in a warm, bright spot. (The last time I sowed them, I set the pot on a heat mat on March 3 and they began to sprout on March 9.) Set the seedlings outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.

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Brazilian bachelor’s button (Centratherum intermedium or C. punctatum), also known as Brazilian button flower, deserves so much more attention from gardeners who enjoy growing “something different.” It forms bushy, 12- to 18-inch-tall (sometimes to 2-foot) plants with fluffy, lavender-purple flowers from early or midsummer to frost. As a bonus feature, the medium green leaves smell like pineapple when you rub or brush against them. The plants are terrific for a long season of color in beds, borders, and containers, particularly if deadheaded, and they look great in masses too. The flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. Full sun to light shade; can take dry soil. A tender perennial (Zone 9 and south) but usually grown as an annual, Brazilian bachelor’s button may self-sow.

Collected in August through October 2020. At least 25 seeds.


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