Cornflower Blue

Discussion in 'Botany Photo of the Day Submissions' started by georgiaflood, May 4, 2008.

  1. georgiaflood

    georgiaflood Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ipswich, MA USA
    Here's one of my favorite eastern field flowers, the common Cornflower.
    Doesn't like to be picked and is happiest growing in the thin soil of the roadside!
     

    Attached Files:

  2. joclyn

    joclyn Rising Contributor

    Messages:
    2,710
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    philly, pa, usa 6b
    ahh! that's one of my favorite flowers!! they show up in the most unusual spots and bring a splash of color. love 'em!

    thanks for posting!
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

    Messages:
    10,978
    Likes Received:
    264
    Location:
    Britain zone 8/9
  4. joclyn

    joclyn Rising Contributor

    Messages:
    2,710
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    philly, pa, usa 6b
    there is something around here that we call cornflower. it is not centaurea. i have know idea of what it's latin name is.

    on second look, that first flower isn't the one i'm thinking of.

    looks like there are mutiple 'corn flower' flowers around the country!
     
  5. georgiaflood

    georgiaflood Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ipswich, MA USA
    You're right, of course, its not a Cornflower, its Chicory!
    I wikkied it and it's Latin name is Cichorium intybus

    The roots are dried and ground and used as the familiar coffee substitute.
    Its cousin is the endive used in salads.
    Origins are Mediterranean.
    Other names include Blue Sailors, Succory and Coffeeweed.
     

Share This Page