Centaurea macrocephala

Great-headed centaury

This is a large, bold plant that's been to the gym too often and taken way too many steroids. 

The big, coarse leaves frame the stiff flower stems that bloom from early summer until autumn. The plump, fox colour buds open into impressive, deep yellow thistle flowers the size of a grapefruit. Bees just can't help themselves. In time, it will form clumps that stop the show but it needs patience. 

Like most show-offs it can be capricious and take a while to settle in. Once the roots are down and comfy don't be tempted to move it or the whole plant will shrivel and die. 

Mix with other giants such as cardoons and the bigger grasses. Delicate perennials not required.

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£ 5.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Asteraceae

Hardy perennial

H7

150cm

50cm 

Mid green 

Golden-yellow 

Moist, well drained 

Full sun or Partial shade

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