Cornflower Seeds

Once regarded as either a beautiful wildflower or a cornfield weed, depending on your viewpoint, the wild cornflower is rarely seen today, but selective breeding work through the years has produced many magnificent colours and tones in addition to the traditional ‘cornflower’ blue.

These hardy annuals look great in beds and borders, especially when part of an annual bedding display, or a cottage garden, flowering from late spring and summer into autumn. Also commonly known as ‘bachelor’s button’ they are still grown commercially in the fen-edge villages close to our premises and are delightful as cut flowers, along with being suitable for drying. They are also highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, strongly benefiting your garden.

How to Sow & Grow Cornflowers
Cornflowers grow and flower best in the sun. They need fertile soil enriched with organic matter, which holds plenty of moisture. Sow outdoors where they are to flower, 0.5cm(¼in) deep, directly into finely prepared, watered soil. Seedlings usually appear in 14–28 days. Thin seedlings to 20cm(8in) apart. Water well until plants are established. For a continuous display, sow every two to three weeks. Sowing in curves often creates a more pleasing effect. Late summer and autumn sowings flower early the following year.

Once regarded as either a beautiful wildflower or a cornfield weed, depending on your viewpoint, the wild cornflower is rarely seen today, but selective breeding work through the years has produced many magnificent colours and tones in addition to the traditional ‘cornflower’ blue.

These hardy annuals look great in beds and borders, especially when part of an annual bedding display, or a cottage garden, flowering from late spring and summer into autumn. Also commonly known as ‘bachelor’s button’ they are still grown commercially in the fen-edge villages close to our premises and are delightful as cut flowers, along with being suitable for drying. They are also highly attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, strongly benefiting your garden.

How to Sow & Grow Cornflowers
Cornflowers grow and flower best in the sun. They need fertile soil enriched with organic matter, which holds plenty of moisture. Sow outdoors where they are to flower, 0.5cm(¼in) deep, directly into finely prepared, watered soil. Seedlings usually appear in 14–28 days. Thin seedlings to 20cm(8in) apart. Water well until plants are established. For a continuous display, sow every two to three weeks. Sowing in curves often creates a more pleasing effect. Late summer and autumn sowings flower early the following year.

13 products

Loved by butterflies & bees
150 Seeds
£3.10
Item Code: 13968
Double flowers, tall stems
500 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 10301
500 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 15408
200 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 28387
Beautifully simple flowers in ‘cornflower blue’
250 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 16637
Unusual deep claret flowers
250 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 12462
An unusual perennial cornflower!
100 Seeds
£2.55
Item Code: 25736
Stunning in hanging baskets.
100 Seeds
£2.25
Item Code: 27940
Sorry, now sold out.
Beautiful ice white blooms!
250 Seeds
£2.45
Item Code: 27950
200 Seeds
£2.45
Item Code: 14775
200 Seeds
£2.55
Item Code: 22137
200 Seeds
£2.55
Item Code: 28477
Beautiful magenta-purple flowers.
250 Seeds
£2.95
Item Code: 27944