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Common Name: Sweet Sultan
Botanical Name: Amberboa moschata (Centaurea moschata) (am-ber-BO-a mos-KA-ta)
Harvest Instructions: Harvest when flowers are just beginning to open.
- Member of the Compositae (aster family).
- Native to Southwest Asia.
- Common family relatives include sunflower, aster, zinnia, ageratum, chrysanthemum and lettuce.
- Stems to nearly 30 inches, leaves basal, lobed.
- Flowers fragrant.
Availability: Highest availability from spring to summer.
Flower Color: Mostly pink but some white to blue.
- This species is possibly better known as Centaurea moschata, well known and loved in cottage gardens for its sweet fragrant flowers.
- Flowers are suitable for drying in borax which reportedly preserves the flower color better than air drying.
- Colors range from pure white ('The Bride') to the mixed colors ranging from white through yellows and pinks ('Imperialis').