Bachelor's Button (Centaurea montana)

Bachelor's Button Plant Features

Bees and butterflies will flock to your yard when you plant bachelor's buttons in your backyard. This lovely plant is so popular it has been given three common names: bachelor's buttons, mountain bluet, and perennial cornflower. Bachelor's buttons is a sun-loving perennial that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with fringed white, pink, or blue flowers appearing in early summer. The plants can be a bit floppy so some staking may be necessary. Hardy from zone 3-8.

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Bachelor's Button Growing Instructions

Plant bachelor's buttons in a rich, well-drained soil. If happy these plants can spread and will naturalize an area. But, don't worry, they are easy to control if you want to keep them in one spot. To keep the plants tidy, remove the faded flowers as they appear. This may also encourage a second season of bloom in the fall. Bachelor's buttons needs full sun to prosper.

Bachelor's Buttons are not intended for human or animal consumption.

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors





  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Deer/rabbit resistant


Complement your Bachelor's Button

Lamb's Ear
The fuzzy, silver-gray foliage of lamb's ears complement the pretty flowers of bachelor's buttons.

The round blooms of bachelor's buttons and the tall spikes of liatris make an outstanding combination.

Bee Balm
Butterflies will flock to your garden when you pair bee balm with bachelor's buttons.