Irish wildflowers

Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus, Gormán
Photographs: Aughinish, Co.Limerick

Centaurea cyanus
Family: Asteraceae

Flowering May-October. Annual. Garden escape. Introduced.

Outer florets usually bright blue, inner florets purple-blue. Flowerheads can also be pinkish, mauve, pale blue. Narrow grey-green leaves, lower stalked, pinnately lobed. Stiff grooved stems with greyish hairs. To 60cm.

Previously a common arable weed. Now garden escape or sown as part of wildflower mixtures. Waste ground, roadsides.



Cornflowers. Aughinish, County Limerick. July 2008

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