Dark blue cornflower is a member of the aster family and is considered an annual that produces flowers in 6-8 weeks from seeding. This plant is also called common cornflower, basketflower, bachelors button, and blue bottle, to name but a few, it is native to Europe. As an annual, the zones do not apply to growing this plant. Cornflower is attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. This plant is one that remains vibrantly blue, even after drying.
Spiritual and Magickal Usage:
- As a symbol of abundance and fertility, add cornflower to any spell work that involves attracting those qualities.
- Create a poultice from the petals and place over the third-eye to improve psychic abilities.
- Add cornflower to incense for self-knowledge, intuitive healing of blockages, or for accessing inner wisdom.
- Placing the leaves in wine, in folkloric medicine was said to protect against plague and infectious disease. Add this to your rituals for good health and protection of health.
- Add cornflower petals to an ice cube tray then freeze to add vibrancy to your iced beverages.
- Used in tonics and infusions, it is known to treat tissue and mucus membrane inflammation.
- Cornflower floral water has been used to alleviate irritation from sunburn and skin disorders.
This plant grows well in any well-drained garden soil and prefers full sun. Direct sow starting just before the last frost. You can do this every two weeks until the end of May to prolong blooming. Place the seeds directly on the soil and tamp down so that they are just covered. Once germinated thin to a foot apart.
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One packet of 50 dark blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) seeds, certified organically grown.