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Sunday, June 30, 2013


Centaurea cyanus

Also called Bachelor's Button, Bluebottle, Boutonniere flower, Hurtsickle, Cyani flower.  It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat.  In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was not returned (thus the name Bachelor's Button).
It was the favorite flower of John F. Kennedy and was worn by his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. at his wedding in tribute to his father.


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