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Centaurea cyanus
Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower, bachelor's button, bluebottle, boutonniere flower, hurtsickle or cyani flower, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. "Cornflower" is also used for chicory, and 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.
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 colour, produced in flowerheads (capitula) 1.5–3 cm diameter, with a ring of a few large, spreading ray florets surrounding a central cluster of disc florets. The blue pigment is protocyanin, which in roses is red.[1]

In the past it often grew as a weed in crop fields, hence its name (fields growing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats are sometimes known as corn fields in the UK). It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat; in the United Kingdom it has declined from 264 sites to just 3 sites in the last 50 years.[2] In reaction to this, the conservation charity Plantlife named it as one of 101 species it would actively work to bring 'Back from the Brink'.[3] It is also, however, through introduction as an ornamental plant in gardens and a seed contaminant in crop seeds, now naturalised in many other parts of the world, including North America and parts of Australia.

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warbler

Thanks Mariolyn and enjoy!!

mariolyn

Love the colors. Now I think I'll just nip down to the kitchen for a cuppa myself.

warbler

Yes, fairies can weave their magic when your not looking Robyn!!

Thank you for the news, Agnes!

Once they get started here, Shirley, they self seed and you never have to plant them again.

Shian2

Beautiful, Dave, great background story, I never knew it grew wild, I've not grown it but know of it as Bachelor's button and Cornflowers.

anezka

Dave, beautiful still life with cornflowers, thank you. I confirm that is true, cornflower is here in Europe, much less than 50 years ago. Almost can not see it at meadows.

robryan

Just beautiful Dave - and it definitely looks like the fairies have been visiting here!!

warbler

deejaybee, thanks for the comment, I missed you in passing back there!!

warbler

Thanks Beekay, they do go well together!

A well deserved cup of tea, Cathy after making the arrangement!

I'm glad you enjoyed it Janet!!

Excellent Toto! Enjoy!

Tinkerbelle came by and touched it with her wand, Florrie and it is whatever you can imagine you would want it to be! My favorites right now seem to be a Jasmine green tea plantation grown in Turkey by a friend of my wifes family and an orange/chocolate black tea by Stash. Maybe a couple more...

Well, well, well, Patti Thanks and (LOL?) are you suggesting there might be something other than tea in there? :)))

Dang, your close, Putter!!!

Awesome, smllpkg!!! My gears are grinding now and I'm coming to your puzzles!!!

smllpkg101

A bodacious becoming bouquet of beautifully bewitching blue bachelor-buttons! (There's eight, if you can count the flower name itself.) ☺ ☺ ☺

PutterDutt

Ahhhh, florrie, if it's not Bigelow's orange spice Warbs missed out on a real treat!

PLG1958

Beautiful, WD!
(LOL, FLorrie!)

florrie

What kind of tea is it?

Toto

What a nice little afternoon break.

jan42ful

Love cornflowers, and such a pretty bunch, thanks Dave, janet

cevas

Beautiful picture!!! Thanks Dave. The cup of tea was a nice touch too! : )

Beekay

Georgeous! Love the colors together.

warbler

I saw it alot in the Mid-west Barb, in alleys, roadsides, ect. Its also around in Virginia, too. I've seen white ones here, too, more common than the lavendar, probably.

Thanks snooker!

deejaybee5254

VERY PRETTY PICTURE THANKS FOR SHARING

snooker

Great colors, warb.

SunnyBarb25

Poor bachelor's button............it faces an uncertain future in UK :( I hope it lives in other parts of the world though... :) Thank you Dave :)

warbler

Bang, bang, bang, Putter!

PutterDutt

Good grief! You only posted this about 5 minutes ago, I got a 17 and couldn't even make the leader board!! Pretty shot, Warbler!

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