It’s time for us to delve yet again into the world of uniquely named flowers. If you recall, we previously rounded up our favourite plants with funny names. Then, we introduced you to spurges—another neat plant with a curious name. And now, we’re going to introduce you to another one of our favourite varieties, one of Rozanne’s most popular friends!
Meet Centaurea (Cornflower) ‘Amethyst in Snow’, a stunning bi-colour variety that is truly a sight to behold. With silky, white petals in the shape of tubes sprouting outward from the spiky purple center, this flower practically begs for you to take a closer look. And you should—the details of the petals are fascinating. If you’re wondering how ‘Amethyst in Snow’ got its interesting name, just take into account the flower’s appearance. Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz, reminiscent of the flower’s centre. Then, the white petals surrounding it act as the “snow!” Pretty cool, right?
Additionally, the term “Centaurea” originated from the Greek “Kentauros,” when the plant’s medicinal properties were allegedly first discovered by Chiron the Centaur (a mythical character). Yep, you read that right: This plant is not only beautiful, but it also has all kinds of purported medicinal properties.
What’s even better about Amethyst in Snow is how easy it is to care for and versatile it is.
Best uses for Amethyst in Snow
If you’re interested in bringing this vibrant variety to your garden, you may be wondering where might be the best place to plant it. Firstly, plant in a full sun location for best flowering. And, being that flowering of ‘Amethyst in Snow’ is around late spring to early summer, it’s best to plant it nearby other summer, fall or winter-interest plants for all-season garden colour, or with a gaggle of late spring plants for a full, fabulous display.
Amethyst in Snow, in addition to its intriguing petals, sits on a bed of silvery green foliage. The formation of the plant turns into dense masses, making it a beautiful bed and border edge. The plant also attracts pollinators and wildlife, such as American Goldfinches, so you may consider placing it near other pollinator-friendly plants.
Best companion plants for Amethyst in Snow
To help you decide where to plant your Centaurea ‘Amethyst in Snow’, it’s good to get to know compatible companion plants. Researching companion plants for your flowers will greatly increase your chances of a successful garden—not planning out your garden is a rookie mistake. If you’re not sure how to plan out your garden, there are actually a lot of helpful resources out there, such as these garden planning apps for your phone.
Here are some great choices for Amethyst in Snow companion plants:
- Sweet Autumn Clematis
- East Friesland Salvia
- Bloody Sorrel
- Garden Phlox ‘David’
When wondering about companion plants, remember that as long as the plants have similar sun and seasonal needs, they should be good companions—unless they’re invasive or sprawling species. Otherwise, planting different flowers together can greatly depend on your personal taste and which colours and textures you want to see together. You can always get inspiration from the Wimbledon Gardens as well!
How to care for Amethyst in Snow
Once you’re ready to get planting this fun variety, you may be wondering how to care for it. Well, luckily for you, Centaurea Amethyst in Snow is winter hardy as well as drought and heat tolerant, so it’s a great plant for less-experienced gardeners. Additionally, the plant requires very little maintenance besides the occasional watering during very dry periods. You’ll also want to feed it with an all-purpose plant food on occasion. Otherwise, that’s pretty much it! To prolong the flowering period, remember to remove dead heads.
Where to buy
It’s go time. Let’s get you set up with some Amethyst in Snow’ plants. On this webpage, you’ll see places to buy the variety online. You can also buy Geranium Rozanne and her other friends at these places, so don’t hesitate to do a big late spring flower haul! It’s the perfect time of year for gardening.
There’s a lot to love about Amethyst in Snow, and we hope you’ll give the plant a try. If you do, let us know! In the meantime, be sure to join Rozanne’s Inner Circle for more great spring and summer gardening tips.