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Centaurea cyanus


It is an annual plant growing to 16-35 inches tall, with grey-green branched stems. The leaves are lanceolate, 1–4 cm long. The flowers are most commonly an intense blue colour, produced in flowerheads (capitula) 1.5–3 cm diameter, with a ring of a few large, spreading ray florets surrounding a central cluster of disc florets. The blue pigment is protocyanin, which in roses is red.


Is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. In the past it often grew as a weed in crop fields, hence its name. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat.


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Hema 8 years ago

Congrats on your 1000th spotting!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks people for all the many nice comments! This flowers are very pretty and stand out easily in the grassfields. I think here in Vlaanderen they are recovering in many areas which is nice!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

1000´s that is allot of time and patience congratulations what a wonderful series Marta:):)

AntónioGinjaGinja 8 years ago

Wow Marta,beautiful spotting you make for you 1000th one,gorgeous,flower beautiful photos,congratulations on this happely ocasion and let me congrat you on your awesome spotting page a beautiful lesson about what what surround you in concern to wild and city life and marine to :)thanks for sharing these beautys my friend

Blogie 8 years ago

Congrats on your 1000th spotting Marta! Truly inspiring! :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

I think the nature group here in Flanders (Natuurpunt) is making an effort to reintroduce all these wild species.

Hema 8 years ago

It grew abundantly in the wheat and corn fields and that is why one of it's names is " Corn FLower" It is very sensitive to chemicals and the use of pesticides is one reason that it has become endangered.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Yes, Emma. And here too. Such a beautiful plant.

Hema 8 years ago

Can you believe that this is on the endangered list in California?

IsabellaFiers 8 years ago

Wonderful capture !!

ceherzog 8 years ago

Beautiful did it! 1000

MayraSpringmann 8 years ago


Jeannette 8 years ago

Lovely :)

Congratulations on your 1000th....

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Many thanks, Karen! It is no coincidence. I chose a really pretty one to remind me of this magic number :-)

gatorfellows 8 years ago

Beautiful spotting to mark this milestone. Thank you for sharing.

KarenL 8 years ago

Beautiful! Very fitting for your 1000th spotting Marta!
Congratulations on this great achievement!

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Asse, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 28, 2012

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