Centaurea cyanus

Common Names: Cornflower, bachelor's button, bluebottle, boutonniere flower, hurtsickle, cyani flower
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

It is an annual plant growing to 40 to 89 cm inches tall, with grey-green branched stems. The leaves are lanceolate, 1 to 4 cm long. The flowers are most commonly an intense blue color, produced in flowerheads (capitula) 1.5 to 3 cm diameter, with a ring of a few large, spreading ray florets surrounding a central cluster of disc florets.

In the past it often grew as a weed in crop fields, hence its name. More commonly it is found as an ornamental plant in flower gardens. It flowers all summer.

Primary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Secondary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Edible Notes: The young shoots are reported to be edible. Flowers are edible, raw or cooked. The fresh florets are used as a vegetable or a garnish and can be used in salads. An edible blue dye is obtained from the flowers, used for coloring sugar and confections.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.