Cornflower are having their moment today on the blog; they’re the perfect dainty summertime specimen that we adore here at McQueens. Centaurea cyanus (to give them their botanical name) certainly packs a punch considering its size and it’s hard to find anyone that isn’t beguiled by their beauty. They certainly instigate the loudest squeal in the workroom when the first batch is unpacked from the flower market each year. Cornflower is considered a beneficial weed for the herbal properties that they possess. They are an edible flower which makes them the perfect, delicate specimen to add a splash of colour to your culinary masterpieces; from salad to cakes, herbal tea to the latest trend, flower ice cubes (yes, you read it here first!). But it is the colour that is the most remarkable thing of all. Cornflower blue is such a distinctive and marketable shade that the name appears on fabrics, paint, ceramics and countless objects that are the clearest and brightest shade of sky blue. There are very few flowers that can lay claim to being a true blue and cornflower is prized for its vivid, no-nonsense hue.
What you get is what you see with cornflower, one of the least cultivated blooms, because it’s essentially a dazzling looking weed! They are the quintessential meadow flower that is a much-requested wedding flower during the summer months. Blend them with a mixture of garden flowers for a bridal and bridesmaid bouquets that are a walk on the wild side.
Although cornflower is as delicate as they come, they can easily be forgiven for their comparatively short vase life. The stems are whispy thin so they can easily be damaged, but they will charm the pants off everyone for around five colour-packed days. They might not be selected as the main flower in a large and imposing focal vase, but they will look quite the picture, casually arranged in a simple jug or container, bringing a bucolic slice of meadow life to your home. Goodnight, John Boy!