Black Sprite Bachelor's Button

Centaurea montana 'Black Sprite' PP #23,250

An easy-to-grow, clump-forming, mounding perennial with striking, unique, deep purple-black, flowers that create a stunning contrast against the silvery foliage from early to midsummer. A great choice for cottage gardens, in mixed beds, borders, or containers. A wonderful cut flower. An herbaceous perennial.
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3 - 8

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Partial sun

Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.


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Botanical Pronunciationsen-TAR-ee-uh MON-tah-nuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 14 to 18 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Accent, Edging, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsPartial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Edible, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.

Easily grown in well-drained, sandy-loamy soils; avoid water-logged, poorly drained soils. Thrives in cooler regions. Water regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, tolerates moderate drought. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming. Hard prune in midsummer to rejuvenate foliage. Spreads by underground stolons.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3 - 8

Your climate may be too cold for this plant