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Cornflowers Blue Whole

Blue Cornflower

Centaurea cyanus

Origin: Albania
From£29.67 per kg

The blue cornflower, Centaurea cyanus, is part of the Asteraceae family. Native to Europe, this attractive plant has similar foliage to a daisy, which blooms between late spring and late summer. Otherwise known as Bachelor’s Button, cornflower is a popular and desirable wildflower – and not just among humans. Bees, butterflies and other pollinators can be seen flocking to them every summer.

We offer dried blue cornflowers in three different quantities. The more you buy, the better the value – and all of our products are delivered in either recyclable or biodegradable packaging too. Select your preferred size and place your order online below.


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History and background

Once considered a weed of arable fields, the development of intensive agricultural practices nearly wiped out the blue cornflower in the wild. This delicate flower is now most likely to occur as a garden escapee, as part of intentional wildflower seeding, or as the result of the disturbance of soil containing old seed banks.

Its strongholds remain roadside verges, scrub, waste ground and farmland. It flowers from June to August, often alongside other ‘arable weeds’. Like all members of the daisy family, the bright blue flowers of the cornflower are actually composite heads of small flowers. In the cornflower, the outer florets are star-like, and smaller, more purplish flowers are found in the middle. Stems and leaves are long and pointy, with hairy, blackish buds at the tips.

How to use dried blue cornflowers

This dried flower is edible and are often used to add colour to food and drink, but they are also believed to have medicinal properties. For example, it’s thought that the plant has calming, diuretic, anti-diarrhea and anti-inflammatory effects; over the years, they’ve been used to treat everything from diarrhoea to eye irritation.

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The flowers of Centaurea cyanus can be eaten raw, dried or cooked. Dried petals are used in teas and spices. Their main purpose is to add color to the drinks or foods. There are cheeses or oils that contain raw petals. Petals can also be added to salads, drinks or deserts for garnishing purposes in raw or dried form.

Cornflowers have phytotherapeutic importance in human and veterinary medicine. It is believed their active principles have a diuretic, anti-diarrhea, anti-inflammatory (especially in ophthalmology), and a calming role. For internal use, they are recommended in diarrhea, dyspepsia, kidney and bladder disorders and external use against eye irritation.

Blue cornflowers are edible and can be used to add colour to food and drinks or a garnish. They can be used in pot porries, for decorations or natural confetti.

Blue cornflowers can be used in pot porries, for decorations or natural confetti. Cornflowers are edible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the flower of the cornflower plant is edible - they’re often used as a garnish. They have a moderately spicy yet sweet taste.

Absolutely - dried blue cornflower petals make an excellent addition to confetti. They’re ideal if you want to add a pop of colour to your wedding confetti.