Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
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Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

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The wild cornflower once was a frequent visitor to cultivated and arable land all over Europe but through the use of pesticides and seed cleaning its population has diminished drastically. In its wild form it is among the endangered species in many
countries. In agriculture, it is still regarded as a field weed since it shares cultivation areas with cereals and oilseed rape.

The flowers and buds of the cornflower are edible and can be used in salads or boiled. Particularly interesting is their content of anthocyanins, a blue dye group that owes its name to the flower itself (Centaurea Cyanus). This makes it possible to obtain blue food coloring from the flowers, which can be used to color sweets and pastries. The colour obtained is also suitable as a colorant for fabric but not washable.

As a medicinal plant it is not very significant, although its wild form - in contrast to the ornamental varieties - contains some active constituents. Historically, it has been used for the treatment and prevention of ocular disorders and was regarded as a magical medicinal plant.

The flower had special symbolic significance both in ancient Rome, where it was assigned to the harvest goddess as a hair ornament. In addition, it has been used by various political parties as identification marks, including the illegal German national movement in pre-fascist Austria but also as a party symbol of the liberal party of Sweden and the national flower of Estonia.

Centaurea Cyanus seeds, content: Approx. 200 cornflower seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Country of origin:
Eastern Europemittelmeer–regionsüdeuropa
Plant height approx.:
40 – 100 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
Annual or biennial
Partially shadyfull sun
Water requirements:
Soil type:
Cut flowerDyer plantMedicinal plantOrnamental plantVegetables
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
12 – 18 °C
Germination time in days:
10 – 20
Planting distance:
30 x 30 cm
Needs light to germinate
Main harvest:
An undemanding annual plant that grows up to one meter high. Direct sowing from April or already in autumn, planting distance about 30cm. Do not cover seeds with soil completely, they need light to germinate. The plant grows very well on nutrient-rich, permeable soils with lime content in a sunny location but is also satisfied with half-shade. Water very little and do not fertilize. It does not tolerate waterlogging.

When the flowers are harvested in time, the cornflower will bloom more than once within a year.
Other names
Botanical name:
c. arvensisc. vulgariscentaurea cyanuscyanus segetum
German names:
English names:
bachelor's buttonbluebottleboutonniere flowercornflowercyanihurtsickle
French names:
centaurée bleuet
Spanish names:
acianoflor celeste
Italian names:
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
200 Pcs.


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