Cornflower / Kornblume

A special discovery I made on the way home the other day. I didn’ know what it was, but the blossom intrigued me. Cornflowers were very, very rare until some years ago. It is still forbidden to pick them in the wilderness. This beauty grows on the bank of the Danube.

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Ein besonderer Fund auf dem Heimweg vor ein paar Tagen. Ist die nicht schick?

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8 thoughts on “Cornflower / Kornblume

  1. Ich hab jetzt in meinem Urlaub auch lauter solche Herrlichkeiten gefunden. Vor allem, wenn man “das Unkraut” dann fotografiert, sieht man ja viel mehr Einzelheiten als mit bloßem Auge. Schön, Deine Sammlung bisher!

    • Ich habe deine Sammlung schon gesehen und eine Blüte, die ich bei dir gesehen habe, auch noch in meiner Sammlung. Die Biologin und ich diskutieren noch über die exakte Bestimmung der Art.
      Meine Sehnsucht nach einer Spiegelreflex wächst stündlich…

  2. The cornflower, Centaurea cyanus, is native to Europe but people in America cultivate it. The California folk singer/songwriter Kate Wolfe, who died in 1986 at the age of 44, wrote a song called “Cornflower Blue.”

    Here in Texas we have a native relative of the cornflower, Centaurea americana. At

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/basket-flower/

    I posted a picture of one a few weeks ago. I think you’ll see the family resemblance.

    • I found this one on a riverbank, so it may be an “escaped” horticultural plant. But I found plenty in the countryside among the rye the other day. That’s where they originally grow and now grow again, where farmers adjusted fertilizing habits.

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