22 november 2009

Todays flower - Blue

I found it difficult to find blue flowers in my garden, this year did you have any blue?
Here is mine from past summer.

Azura lökar, Azure Allium.
Color lasts up to a month!
Enchanting indigo-blue pom-poms made up of little star-shaped florets
appear atop tall, sturdy stems. An excellent choice for the center of your perennial bed.

Light: Full sun to shade
Blooms: Early summer
Height: 18-22"
Zones: 4-8
Size: 4+ cm bulbs
Deer Resistant

Riddarsporre, Delphinium sp.
Many species are cultivated as garden plants and for flower arrangements, with numerous cultivars available.
All parts of the plant contain an alkaloid delphinine and are very poisonous, causing vomiting when eaten, and death in larger amounts. A tincture is used against asthma and dropsy.
The juice of the flowers, mixed with alum, gives a blue ink.
In Transylvania, it was used to keep witches from the stables, probably because of its black color.[citation needed]
Larkspur, especially tall larkspur, is a significant cause of cattle poisoning on rangelands in the eastern United States. Larkspur is more common in high-elevation areas, and many ranchers will delay moving cattle onto such ranges until late summer when the toxicity of the plants is reduced.

Blåklint, Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower, Bachelor's button, Bluebottle, Boutonniere flower, Hurtsickle) is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe.

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.
The blue cornflower has been the national flower of Estonia since 1968 and symbolizes daily bread to Estonians. It is also the symbol of the Estonian political party, People's Union, the Finnish political party, National Coalition Party, and the Swedish political party, Liberal People's Party, and has since the dawn of the 20th century been a symbol for social liberalism there.

Do you know what this is? I need help!
I did get the help, Thank youAnnA!
"Prins Gustafs öga", "Nemophila menziesii"

Todays flowers nr 67
Blue Monday