BLUE BACHELOR BUTTONS (Centaurea cyanus), also known as Cornflower, was brought to America from Europe in the 17th century and known to have been cultivated by Thomas Jefferson in his gardens at Monticello. It is a nostalgic favorite from my childhood as well, as it grew in great patches in the cow pastures around our house. The plants will bloom throughout the early summer and this well-maintained heirloom strain is ALL BLUE. Extremely easy to grow and dries well. Use the petals as a dazzling edible garnish. Self-seeding hardy annual grows 2-3' tall. 100 seeds.
MEDICINAL: There really isn't enough modern study on this herb to verify, but traditionally the brilliant blue blossoms, infused in water, are said to have a calming effect and have been used as an eyewash to strengthen weak eyes.
GROWING TIPS: Just sprinkle seed after danger of frost and cover lightly. Plant in an area where these wonderful heirlooms can self-sow year after year, bringing electric blue to your ornamental border or naturalized landscape.