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Sweet Sultan

Botanical Name: Amberboa moschata
Family: Asteraceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asterales
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Amberboa
Species: A. moschata

Synonyms:
*Centaurea moschata L.
*Centaurium moschatum (L.) Cass.
*Centaurium suaveolens Cass.
*Chryseis moschata (L.) Cass.
*Cyanus luteus Moench
*Cyanus moschatus (L.) Gaertn.

Common Names: Sweet Sultan

Habitat: Sweet Sultan is native to Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and the Caucasus.

Description:
Amberboa moschata is an annual,branching herb grows up to 50 cm tall. Flower heads are usually showy and sweet-scented.

Leaf type: leaves are simple (i.e., lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets)
Leaf arrangement: alternate: there is one leaf per node along the stem
basal: the leaves are growing only at the base of the plant
Leaf blade edges: the edge of the leaf blade has lobes, or it has both teeth and lobes, the edge of the leaf blade has teeth.

Flower type in flower heads: the flower head has disk flowers only, and lacks the strap-shaped flowers
Ray flower color: blue to purple…pink to red…white

Bloom Time:Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall.

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Cultivation: Resents root disturbance so best sown in situ in well-drained neutral or alkaline soil in a sunny, sheltered position. May require staking

Propagation: From seed; sow indoors before last frost, direct sow after last frost.

Uses:
Sweet Sultan is not only beautiful, but also fragrant as well. The blooms will attract an array of beneficial insects including bumblebees, butterflies, hummingbirds and lady bugs.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only.

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amberboa_moschata
https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/amberboa/moschata/
https://www.myseedneeds.com/products/sweet-sultan-seeds?variant=37597231624
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/280976/Amberboa-moschata-Dairy-Maid/Details

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