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common herb (Centaurea cyanus) of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family). It is a garden flower in the United States but a weed in the grainfields of Europe. It is called bluebottle or bluet in England and bluebonnet in Scotland; in North America the cornflower shares with other plants the names ragged robin, bachelor's button, or ragged sailor. The long-stemmed blue heads of the flowers, having radiating bottle- or vase-shaped florets, yield a juice which, mixed with alum, has been used as a dye. Cornflowers are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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Intense blue strikingly shaped flower with grey-green stem, grows up to 3 ft tall (1m) with thin sword-shaped leaves. Juiced stems and flowers used externally to treat wounds and cuts, mouth sores, infectious disease, weak eyes, dark circles and wrinkles under eyes, inflammation of eyelids, bruises, insect bites, stings. Internally used for diarrhea, kidney and urinary issues, rheumatism.



(Centaurea), a genus of herbaceous plants of the family Compositae. The inflorescences (calathides) have bristly receptacles and tubular, varicolored flowers (purple, pink, blue, yellow); the marginal ones are sexless, and if enlarged, are shaped like tubular funnels. There are over 550 species in Eurasia, tropical Africa, and North and South America (Chile), and there is one species in Australia. The greatest number of representatives are in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern countries. In the USSR there are approximately 180 species; widely distributed (except in the Far North) are the blue cornflower (C. cyanus) and the meadow cornflower (C. jacea). The blue cornflower is a weed but is also a nectariferous and medicinal plant. Some cornflowers are grown as decorative plants.


Flora SSSR, [vol.] 28. Moscow-Leningrad, 1963.



a Eurasian herbaceous plant, Centaurea cyanus, with blue, purple, pink, or white flowers, formerly a common weed in cornfields: family Asteraceae (composites)
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There are usually seeds of corn poppies, corn marigolds, cornflowers and corn cockle in annual "cornfield" mixes, vividly coloured flowers all excellent for pollinators.
Coincidentally the cornflower is used by the French to represent remembrance and was a symbol of commemoration of the wounded before the poppy came into use.
A dress that's the colour of marmalade With a border embroidered in light blue cornflowers Like the edge of a meadow after spring showers And a matching hat round as a top you can spin And elastic to hold it on under my chin And brand-new shoes whiter than newly poured cream With heart-shaped, golden buckles that gleam; And I'll carry a small purse of butterfly blue With a penny for me and a penny for you To buy us both glasses of cold lemonade When we walk, hand in hand, in the Easter Parade.
Sow hardy annuals including cornflowers, poached-egg plants and poppies outside now for flowering next year.
Although her first attempts are slight (blue cornflowers and corn), she is determined to accomplish greater garden miracles.
Most will feature the traditional meadow favourites like poppies, foxgloves, buttercups, cornflowers, toadflax, primroses, daisies, cowslips and the like.
Sow hardy annuals such as cornflowers and poached eggplants outside for flowering next year.
When I hand you this bunch of cornflowers / The only other color in the room / Illumines your eyes as you arrange them.
These are the plants with which we generally start gardening - cornflowers and love-in-a mist, clarkia and godetia, larkspur, pot marigolds and California poppies.
As the larch covering weathers down, the building will turn silvery grey, in harmony with indigenous birch and with the carpet of blue cornflowers which, in season, surround it.
There are twelve flavour combinations in the range, including Magic Mushrooms - with sea salt and exotic dried African Caesar, porcini and chanterelle mushrooms, Rock of Ages a combination of hand-harvested sea salt crystals and whole black peppercorns, Darling Buds - rose buds and petals, cornflowers, heather, lavender and chamomile, Spirit of Fire - natural sea salt fired with ginseng, chili and horseradish, and Splash - with sea salt, three dried seaweeds, black pepper, lemon grass, mustard seeds and parsley.