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Blooms of Spring-Cornflowers

This lovely flower is a member of the Aster family and originated in Europe where they grow in corn and grain fields.  Originally a wild flower, the Cornflower has now become cultivated and is a beautiful addition to any arrangement.

One of the few true blue flowers, Cornflowers also come in shades of white red, pink mauve and even polka dotted.  But the blue variety remains the most popular for arrangements and centerpieces.  The long sturdy stems make the cornflower a very popular medium to tall backdrop for floral arrangements.  This is also one of the few edible flowers–did you know that a brand of Russian vodka uses cornflowers to not only add a lovely blue color to the liquor but a spicy flavor as well?   Cornflowers also find their way into medicinal gardens and was once as an eye wash and can be steeped and used as a facial steam.

Cornflowers also make a great choice for a dried flower arrangement or placed in a silica gel for craft projects.  Soaking them in water creates a gorgeous, although temporary blue dye for fabrics as well.

 

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