- Cornflower, Bachelor's Buttons, Blue Bottle
- To 1m tall, tomentose to arachnoid pubescent, herbaceous.
- Alternate. Cauline leaves linear, entire, arachnoid pubescent, to +10cm long, +5mm wide.
- Single flower head terminating branches.
- Involucre to 1.5cm tall, imbricate, phyllaries with fimbriate margins.
- Corolla typically blue-purple but other colors in cultivated varieties, marginal flowers sterile. inner flowers smaller, fertile. Achenes to 4mm long. Pappus of capillary bristles.
Light pink form.
- May - September.
- Prairies, waste ground, roadsides, railroads. Also cultivated.
- Native to Europe.
- This plant is heavily cultivated and escaped to a variety of locations. The disk flowers can be blue-purple, white, or pink. The plant is commonly used in dried flower arrangements.
Photographs taken at Schumaker Park, 6-16-99 and 7-12-00, and by Tom's Creek, NC., 4-20-03.