Herbs & Plants

Sweet Sultan

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

*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.

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.


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.

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.


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