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Botanical Name: Centaurea cyanus
Origin: Albania


Cornflowers were once a familiar sight in fields and along roadsides, but nowadays, they are predominantly found in gardens as a popular cultivated plant. With various common names such as bachelor's button, bluebottle, bluebow, and blue cap, these showy flowers have a rich history dating back to ancient Egypt. For centuries, their vibrant blue flower heads have adorned fields of cultivated grains like corn, wheat, barley, and oats. Due to their tough stems, they were even nicknamed "hurtsickle."


Cornflower petals have been treasured in wellness practices for thousands of years. In traditional European folk herbalism, they were used similarly to blessed thistle and were prized as a tonic herb. These beautiful petals were often added to herbal teas for their aesthetic appeal and healthful qualities. Their captivating purpleish-blue hue also makes them a popular addition to potpourri mixes, providing both color and a delicate, sweet scent. While cornflowers are commonly infused, they can also be incorporated into baked goods, cosmetic recipes, or utilized as a natural watercolor dye.


Centaurea cyanus, a member of the Asteraceae family, is the botanical name for cornflowers. These plants typically reach a height of one to three feet and feature long, narrow leaves covered in soft white hairs. The solitary flowers bloom atop tall, erect stalks also covered in downy white fibers. Within their flower heads, which persist throughout the summer, one can find brilliant blue, star-shaped ray and disc flowers tightly packed together. Although originally native to Europe, cornflowers have successfully naturalized in various regions around the world.


Cornflowers boast an array of fascinating folklore. The genus name, Centaurea, derives from the Greek centaur Chiron, a mythical creature renowned for his knowledge of botany, herbs, and medicine. Greek legend suggests that cornflowers were adored by an admirer of the goddess Flora, and their species name, Cyanus, pays homage to him. In the past, young men in love would wear cornflowers on their lapels, believing that the flower's quick withering signified unrequited love.


Beyond their symbolic significance, cornflowers hold the honor of being Estonia's national flower and are emblematic of numerous European political parties and educational institutions. Their beauty has inspired renowned authors and artists alike. Throughout history, cornflowers have symbolized fertility and renewal, a belief rooted in ancient Egypt. Additionally referred to as bachelor buttons, cornflowers have a longstanding presence in folk herbal traditions due to their beneficial properties. They are commonly incorporated into herbal infusions, brewed as cornflower tea, or added to potpourri blends.


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