Bellina Pink Cornflower

Psephellus simplicicaulis or Centaurea simplicicaulis 'Bellina' (Pink Cornflower) is a well-behaved, small-scale groundcover that has been grown by rock gardeners in the Intermountain West region for decades. Like dozens of dancing pom-poms atop clean, 8-inch stems, these plants perform for months beginning in mid-spring, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Deer-resistant ‘Bellina’ spreads slowly. Use as pathway edgers, where its dainty leaves – green above and silver below – soften coarse flagstones. Few xeric perennials bloom as long or have such delightful habit and form. A 2023 PlantSelect® selection.
Zones5 - 9
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Low Maintenance
Plants For Small Spaces
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 4" tall (8-10" in bloom)
Mature Spread18-24" wide
Bloom TimeEarly spring to mid summer
Shipping DetailsNo longer available this season. Learn More…
Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Originally from Turkey and the southern Caucasus mountains, Psephellus simplicicaulis or Centaurea simplicicaulis 'Bellina' (Pink Cornflower) has been grown by rock gardeners in the Intermountain West region for decades. Here, this well-behaved Cornflower relative remains a tidy, low growing mat. It was plucked out of the finest rock gardens of the Front Range, drawing interest with to its clean profile, handsome finely-textured foliage, and exuberant long-lasting blooms of frilly pink flowers.

Plant in dry gardens, where it mingles well with other mats and cushions, or in perennial garden borders, where its unusual textured buds contrast with more conventional plant material. ‘Bellina’ Pink Cornflower makes a great contrast for plants with tawny colors. Avoid deadheading to preserve its interesting seedheads and pair it with cool season grasses, like fescues (Festuca spp. and x.) for summer interest, or Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia reverchonii UNDAUNTED®) for a three-season contrast in form and texture.

It has been tested by Plant Select®, a regional plant introduction organization founded in 1997 as a collaboration between Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens. The organization has brought together many of the region's best horticulturists, plant breeders, landscapers, and commercial plant growers with the goal of introducing regionally suitable plants for the Great Plains and Intermountain states.
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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
'Bellina' Pink Cornflower
Botanical Name
Psephellus simplicicaulis (Centaurea simplicicaulis)
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
4" tall (8-10" in bloom)
Mature Spread
18-24" wide
Bloom Time
Early spring to mid summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture
Very Waterwise, Waterwise
Dry Sites
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Low Maintenance, Plants For Small Spaces, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Plant Select
Ideal Region
West, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
Item Unit Of Measure
Ships To Canada
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