Exposure: sun to pt shade
Blooming season: late spring through midsummer
Plant habit: upright
Characteristics: informal, old-fashioned, attracts bees and butterflies
Uses: cottage gardens, beds, cut flower
Caramia, also known as bachelor’s button, cornflower or hardheads (for some strange reason), is an old-fashioned plant that has stood the test of time. It has feathery, purply-pink whirligig flowers that attract attention and comments as well as bumblebees, bees and butterflies. Its foliage resembles that of a thistle, but thankfully there are no barbs to contend with! It is hardy far north of Birmingham so even winters like this last one shouldn’t be a problem as long as it has adequate drainage and time to get established prior to the onset of cold weather. Feed monthly; drought-tolerant once established.