Latin name: Centaurea cyanus
🌱 Days to Sprout: 5-10
✂️ Thin to: 1 plant per yCube
🍅 Days to Maturity: 70
💡 Light Zone: Moderate
📏 Plant Size: 1 ft+
💚 Care Level: Beginner
Native to Europe, Blue Cornflower has traveled far and wide as a garden staple and is treasured for its intense, indigo-blue blossoms. It’s a common sight for cornflowers to grow wild in unkempt lands, creating beautiful meadows of blue. The botanical name refers to the myth of the Centaur Chiron who made a medicine with this flower to heal a wound from an arrow dipped in Hydra’s blood. The wound healed, and the flower was immortalized with the Centaurian name.
This edible flower’s deep blue hues display a color rarely seen in nature. Its flavor ranges from mild cucumber to sharply bitter. Blue Cornflowers also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Enjoy Blue Cornflowers for their aesthetic appeal, or as a fine garnish. To steep into tea, dry the flower heads before steeping.
Care & Harvest
✂️ Pruning: Check the roots monthly and trim any that are brown or extending past the yPod. To keep the plant bushy, neat, and within your Gardyn’s light, occasionally pinch off the tops of the developing stalks. To encourage new flower bud development, remove dead flower heads, called deadheading. When deadheading, also trim back the bare stem that remains on the plant to prevent it from rotting.You can harvest individual blooms by pinching or cutting at the flower head’s base. To enjoy as a cut flower, cut stems and place in water immediately, or enjoy anywhere cut-free by using the Gardyn Vase!