Cornflower Petals (Centaurea cyanus)

Cornflower petals (Centaurea cyanus) are also known as bluebottle, part of the knapweed family.

It is a tall, slender, annual plant with long, fine, grey-green leaves. In the summer, it grows bright blue flowers. It is found in both cornfields and waste ground in Europe and western Asia.

Centaurea is named after the legendary centaur, Chiron, famed for his knowledge of herbs. Herbalists use cornflowers as an astringent herb, which is said to reduce inflamm