cornflower

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Related to Centaurea cyanus: Coreopsis tinctoria, Saponaria vaccaria

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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Hurt Sickle, for instance, describes the way a mower's sickle was often caught in the wiry stems of Centaurea cyanus as it mingled with grain in the fields of Europe.
Sarker SD, Laird A, Nahar L, Kumarasamy Y, Jaspars M (2001) Indole alkaloids from the seeds of Centaurea cyanus (Asteraceae).