Photographer's Note

Blue flowers in middle of Tuscany (Italy) crop field; flowers known as cornflower, bachelor's button, bluebottle, boutonniere flower, hurtsickle or cyani flower, native to Europe.

Cornflower is also used for chicory (coffee substitute). The flowers are most commonly an intense blue colour.

Cornflowers are often growing as a weed in crop fields growing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats. Cornflowers are now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly by over-use of herbicides destroying its habitat.

In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man's love was not returned.

Cornflower was the favorite flower of President John F. Kennedy and was worn by his son, John F. Kennedy Junior at his wedding in tribute to his father.

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