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Blue Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus

Sue Abonyi

Sandy, United States

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Blue Cornflower or Batchelor’s Button is a common wed in Europe and cultivated in gardens elsewhere as well.
Historically cultivated and prized for the blue dye made from the flowers, common ruderal weed in cereal fields.
Decoction made from the flowers has been used in herbal medicine to threat eye inflammations and the dried petals are additives in the famous Lady Grey tea blend by Twinnings.

National flower of Estonia and Poland and in Europe it is used as a symbol by a number of rightist movements and political parties.

In folklore romanticism if the flower worn by a young man faded quickly it was taken as a sigh that the man’s love remained unrequited.

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