My first introduction to this plant was quite by accident. I sowed some 'mixed' perennial seeds and this unusual leaved plant grew. Then it bloomed, and I was in awe.

I dug it up and moved it to a flower bed where it flourished for many years. I don't know how many, but quite a few.

This past year, it disappeared. I vowed to grow another. In fact, I promised myself that I would have a clump of these beauties.

I commonly called it a pink cornflower.

I also plan to grow some blue ones, Centaurea cyanus. I don't think I will plant them too close together, as I want to collect more seeds. I suspect that they would cross pollinate too easily. I really don't know for sure.

A perennial that is hardy to zone 3 and evergreen here, it does not self sow here, but does produce an abundance of attractive seed pods.