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bachelor's button,

popular name for several plants usually characterized by rounded clusters of flowers, such as the cornflowercornflower,
common herb (Centaurea cyanus) of the family Asteraceae (aster family). It is a garden flower in the United States but a weed in the grainfields of Europe.
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 and globe amaranthamaranth
[Gr.,=unfading], common name for the Amaranthaceae (also commonly known as the pigweed family), a family of herbs, trees, and vines of warm regions, especially in the Americas and Africa.
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bachelor’s button

celibacy symbol. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 171]
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Later in the year she beat Bachelor's Button in the Jockey Club Cup, though that formidable stayer turned the tables on her in the Ascot Gold Cup the following season, when he was champion older horse and she was past her best and running her last race.
Blue Boy' bachelor's button, carnations, delphiniums, dianthus, lilies, scabiosa, and tall calendulas can grow up through it.
Unfortunately, the latter performance was not enough to secure her a Gold Cup victory, Bachelor's Button edging ahead in the last 100 yards to deal her her first and only home defeat.
Cold-tolerant ornamentals include pansy, viola, petunia, snapdragon, stock, Bachelor's button, sweet pea, calendula, California poppy, dusty miller, flowering tobacco and phlox.
Sow seeds of bachelor's button, calendula, California desert bluebell (Phacelia campanularia), California poppy, larkspur, love-in-a-mist, rose campion (Lychnis coronaria), Shirley poppy (Papaver rhoeas), skyrocket (Ipomopsis aggregata), sweet alyssum, and sweet William catchfly (Silene armeria).
Annuals such as bachelor's button, begonia, coleus, and ornamental kale fill in the gaps.
I've had success with baby's breath, bachelor's button, calendula, carnation, catananche, coreopsis, crocosmia, delphinium, foxglove, hydrangea, lavender (blooms and stems), love-in-a-mist, purple coneflower, roses, scabiosa, statice, sunflower, and yarrow.
Or set out seedlings of any of the above, plus African daisies, bachelor's button, calendula, clarkia, forget-me-nots, globe amaranth, lobella, pansies, snapdragons, spider flowers, sweet alyssum, sweet William, and violas.

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