Globe Centaurea

Common Names: Centaurea, Globe Centaurea, Knapweed, Golden Knapweed

Botanical names: Centaurea macrocephala

Availability: Spring through Summer

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 40 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Large, globe-shaped, thistle-like heads that are bright yellow. Each flower head can be up to 4 inches in diameter, surrounded by spiny, bristly bracts.

Color: Vibrant Yellow

Botanical facts: Native to the Caucasus region, particularly Armenia and surrounding areas. A relative of Bachelor Buttons.

Design notes: The large, bright yellow flower heads of Globe Centaurea serve as a striking focal point in floral arrangements. Their spherical shape adds a unique, architectural element that can anchor a design. The spiny, bristly bracts provide a contrasting texture that enhances the visual interest of an arrangement, adding depth and dimension.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when half of the buds are open and half still closed.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Globe Centaurea blossoms are valuable for the attraction of pollinators; attracts bees and butterflies,