Common Name: Cornflower
Family Roots: Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower, Bachelor's button, Bluebottle or Boutonniere flower) is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. "Cornflower" is also erroneously used for chicory, and more correctly for a few other Centaurea species; to distinguish C. cyanus from these it is sometimes called Common Cornflower. It may also be referred to as basketflower.
Personality: It is an annual plant growing to 16-35 inches tall, with grey-green branched stems. The leaves are lanceolate, 1-4 cm long. The flowers are most commonly an intense blue color, with a ring of a few large, spreading ray florets surrounding a central cluster of disc florets.
Availability: Normally April to November
Stem Length: 32 inches
Flower Length: Varies
Care & Handling: Remove the bottom leaves (if present), cut stems under water, and place in a fresh flower solution.
Tidbits: In folklore, young men in love wore cornflowers; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was not returned.
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