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Other Names: Bluebottle
Native of cornfields which was once very common throughout
Habitat: Wide variety of soil types including poor soils and very alkaline soils. It thrives in sunny situations.
Description: Native annual of cornfields which was once common but is now becoming rare due to modern agricultural methods. It is of medium height with striking bright blue flowers from May to September.
Wildlife: It is a good plant for bees, butterflies and moths.
Traditionally it was used as a remedy for tired eyes with
cornflower said to work best on blue eyes, whilst Plantago major (great
plantain) was used for brown eyes.
Other Notes: In common with other cornfield annuals, cornflowers can be encouraged to return each year by allowing the seed to fall before cutting back the dead plants. The wildflower thrives in disturbed ground, so re-cultivate the ground the following spring.
Instructions for Seeds: Sow seed in situ in early spring. Alternatively, a sowing in situ during
autumn will produce larger and earlier-flowering plants.
The seed can also be sown in March in the greenhouse. Prick
seedlings out into pots & plant out in May.
Our plants and seeds are of native British origin.
The prices for larger quantities of Cornflower Seed for use in the creation of wild flower meadows are as follows: