Blue Flowers – Introduction
Blue flowers are one of the more rare color varieties amongst plants, but nevertheless one of the most strikingly beautiful. Blue flowers have long been associated with desire, love and the act of striving for that which cannot be acquired. It is a universal symbol of romanticism, and has been featured in literature throughout the years.
Blue flowers make a wonderful addition to any bouquet or floral arrangement thanks to their vibrant colors and unique appearance. They are suitable as an alternative to red flowers as gifts to a lover, and can be combined with other cool colors (such as greens and yellows) to produce a beautiful combination.
Blue Flowers – Various Varieties
There are a number of different common blue flowers. Many of these can easily be grown in a garden in temperate climates, which means that you can combine them with other colored flowers (as suggested above) to create a perfect calm appearance that won’t fail on its delivery of enjoyment to those around.
Although some blue flowers have been genetically engineered, such as the world’s first blue rose as created by scientists working for Japanese-based Suntory (best known for brewing of hard liquor), this is extremely difficult to do. Your best bet at finding and acquiring blow flowers is to rely on the naturally-occurring varieties:
· Chicory – These blue flowers originated from Europe, and sport pleasant pale blue to lavender blossoms. It is one of the earliest ever cited in recorded literature, with Horace having mentioned it as part of his diet.
The chicory flower is often viewed as the inspiration for the Roman romanticism with blue flowers. Other European tales envision it as being able to open locked doors. Whether this is literal or figurative is open to interpretation, but the meaning is certainly not lost in the description.
An interesting use for chicory is the substitution of its roots with coffee beans, producing a similar style of fresh and delicious beverage that is popular in the Mediterranean and southern United States. It is also a staple of Cajun cooking in New Orleans. It has a characteristically bitter and spicy taste that goes well with meat and potatoes.
· Cornflower – These intensely blue flowers are native to Europe, and have long held with the romantic tradition. Indeed, an alternate name for the cornflower is the “boutonniere flower,” due to its common usage by grooms during wedding ceremonies.
It was also traditionally worn by young men who were in love, and it was taken as a sign that his love was not returned if the flower faded quickly. It was a favorite of Kaiser Wilhelm I, which caused it to develop ties to royalty. It is also the national flower of Estonia.
Originally considered a weed in its natural habitat, often choking out more desirable plants in farmland, the cornflower is now becoming threatened and endangered due to the over-use of pesticides and herbicides. It has, nevertheless, been successfully introduced in North America and Australia, meaning that the overall species is in no danger of disappearing.
The cornflower is one of the most popular of the blue flowers for cultivation, as its striking appearance makes it perfect for ornamentation. It can also be used as an ingredient in tea, and as decoration on culinary preparations.
· Periwinkle – The periwinkle of the Vinca variety are violet to blue flowers native to Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia. They grow as small shrubs, low to the ground, allowing the stems to take root when they touch the soil. Because of this, the periwinkle can spread at a very rapid rate. It makes a perfect ground cover or compliment to other flowering plants in your garden.
Although these blue flowers are often considered an invasive weed in some parts of the world due to a resistance to herbicides, they are nevertheless very popular. They also played a role in homeopathic medicine, often being used to treat dyspepsia.
Blue Flowers – Conclusion
Blue flowers make a great addition to your garden, and are also a good choice to include in gift baskets, bouquets and other decorative arrangements. It is often worth considering their inclusion at wedding ceremonies, and, if there is a general blue theme to the event, a blue corsage and matching boutonniere harkens back to the days of yore, adding an elegant and subtle touch of class.
With the latest advances in bio-engineering and genetic science, it can be expected that the near future will yield more results like Suntory’s blue rose. Although we’re a little way off from bouquets of blue roses being sold at your local florist, the day is not as far off as one might think. Blue flowers will surely remain a favorite for many more years to come.
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