“Bachelor’s button”

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I thought I’d share this close-up just because we have not seen one at the Café for several years and because it’s blue.:biggrin:

“Bachelor’s button” is used as the common name for several blue flowers. This one is Centaurea montana, a perennial that is native to Europe but which is commonly used as an ornamental plant in the U.S.

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I like this one a lot! Wonderful image of a beautiful flower! They are fairly small flowers, but very pretty.

Some interesting info:

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 color, 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.

In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was not returned.
 
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Karen, Samuel, Rich, dossy, Jim -- thanks

Karen, you forgot one of the most important (in my mind:wink:) characteristics of this flower -- It requires NO care:eek: [However, I did have to remove some weeds in order to photograph it.:biggrin:]

BTW, This one is a perennial -- Centaurea cyanus, which is sometimes called cornflower, is an annual. [both, as well as Ranunculus aconitifolius, are called bachelor's buttons]
 
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Nice one Bob. Wonderful exposure! Is this generally a garden flower or a wildflower? Not sure if I've seen it before.
 
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Cynthia, Mike -- glad you liked it:smile:

Mike, it's usually a garden flower, but they can "escape" :wink: I ran a search here and was surprised that it was mentioned only a couple of times -- I thought it was fairly common.
 
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Cornflower, yeps they still grow wild here, but you have to be pretty lucky to see one, nice to see one here on NC
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Bob,

I have never seen one in real life. Thank you for sharing such a lovely photo of an interesting flower.
 

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