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cornflower

Herbal medicine 
(1) European centaury, see there; Centaurium umbellatum.  
(2) Centaurea cyanus, a flowering annual native to Europe and the Near East, which contains cyanine and phytosterols; it has been used for conjunctivitis and coughs.
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There is a bed of bachelor buttons, yarrow, and strawflowers that she will use in her dried arrangements.
Miyoga serves the oyster with celery root or sunchoke pearls, oyster mayonnaise, lemon gelee, and a garnish of bachelor buttons.
In addition to alliums, asters, carnations, Bachelor buttons, milkweeds, mints, daisies of all kinds, coneflowers and zinnias to feed adults, they also require the availability of members of the umbels family (Queen Anne's Lace).
Spring planting could incorporate double daisies (Bellis perennis), Bachelor buttons (cornflower) or cheiranthus (wallflower).
Its world is field, and field is contained, not within boundaries mapped on parchment merely, but within lines of ephemeral, blue inflorescence as well: "bachelor buttons lining the field"; "cornflowers towing the field"; "morning glory buttons the fields"; "morning glories choke the field." Place guards its own stasis ("fences radiating inertia"), and yet it is endemically haunted and disordered--a surreal tenement for the random and disorganized: "there were hundreds of brown dresses floating among crows"; "thrift spilling its banks, a chimney where nevermore." And it preserves a troubling kind of "oneness" (atonement?) with its denizens ("we sat down and fed ourselves dirt").
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