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A beautiful blue Centaurea cyanus flower with purplish filaments
centaurea cyanus
Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)

Originating from Western Asia and Europe, this adaptable plant has naturalized across the United States and southern Canada​ with striking blue flowers, although cultivars may exhibit red, pink, or white blooms. A brew of cornflower tea can address ailments like fever, constipation, water retention, and chest congestion. It's even known to play a role as a tonic, a liver and gallbladder stimulant, and a remedy for menstrual disorders and vaginal yeast infections. Moreover, the cornflower’s petals find their way into salads, bringing with them a slightly spicy, clove-like flavor with a hint of sweetness, and a dose of nutrients including biotin, folate, vitamin C, and calcium. Photographed in Bogotá, Colombia.

Beautiful intense blue cornflower
Clumps of Centaurea cyanus blue flowers in a garden
Two Centaurea cyanus flowers with shades of lavender in the center
Three Centaurea cyanus flowers and brown dead heads

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