A very ornamental plant.
The plants have creeping rhizomes and form spreading patches.
Can be used as a ground cover plant in a sunny position
A good bee plant.
Mountain cornflower is seldom used in modern herbalism, though it does still have a reputation in parts of Europe as a wash for tired eyes. It is considered to be most effective on blue eyes, great plantain (Plantago majus) being used for brown eyes.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil. Prefers a moist well-drained fertile soil and a sunny position.
Tolerates dry, low fertility and alkaline soils. Plants are hardy to at least -20°c.
Sow March in a greenhouse or in August in a greenhouse, overwintered under cover, and planted out in spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer.