It is a Southwest Asian species of plants in the sunflower family. It is native to Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and the Caucasus. It is also widely cultivated in many places as an ornamental, and is reportedly naturalized in parts of China and North America.
This flower is a branching herb up to 80 cm tall. Flower heads are showy, and sweet-scented. Large flowering on firm stems.
It is also used to attract bees.
Genus - Centaurea
Species - Moschata
Variety - mix
Common name - Sweet Soultan
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 8
Height - 0,80 m
Spread - 0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Sand, clay, loam, loose
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - cut flower, mass plantings, wild flower gardens
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / mix
Sowing Direct :
Sow thinly, 3mm deep in drills 30cm apart in well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Water ground regularly, especially in dry periods.
When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings to 15cm apart
Sow in pots or trays of moist seed compost and cover with a very fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep at +15-20C. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged. Germination will usually take 14-21 days.
When they are large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings into 7cm pots or trays. Overwinter plants in cool, light, frost-free conditions before planting out the following spring, or grow on as greenhouse pot plants
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