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Cornflower
Family Asteraceae
Name Centaurea Spp.
Featured Plant January 2005
Etymology
Centaurea Named after Centaur Chiron, of Roman mythology, who discovered the plant's medicinal properties.

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Cornflower
Mountain Cornflower
  See also:  Composite Flowers, Culture / Germination
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A genus of annuals and perennials with predominantly blue flowers, but white, pink and reds are also available.

 Cornflower


Blue
Name Centaurea cyanus
Common Names Cornflower, Bachelors button
Etymology
cyanus From Latin cyanea meaning sea blue.

Cornflower is the most popular annual. Every year millions of plants are grown and sold through nurseries. This is not at all surprising for its flowers are sure to brighten up any dull garden.

It does well in sunny dry situations, often neglected but somehow still manages to produce a nice show of flowers. The flowers are suitable for cutting and drying, retaining their bright colour well. The original species is blue and grows quite tall, but dwarf cultivars exist that are white, pink and red, some are even double.

Cornflower originates from Europe where it grew as a corn field weed, and hence the name. It is now naturalised in North America.



Blue

Blue Bud

Pink Bud

Pink

White

Red

Red Opening

 Mountain Cornflower


Flower
Name Centaurea montana
Common Names Mountain cornflower, Mountain knapweed
Etymology
montana From Latin montanus meaning mountainous, to mean from or related to mountains.

This low growing perennial cornflower has rather large flowers with thin rich blue petals. It is suitable for the front of the perennial border or in rock gardens.



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