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Bachelor's Button Fast Facts

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Overview

Immensely popular with both gardeners and florists, the bachelor's button produces delicate flowers in an array of brilliant colors. Endangered in their native habitat, bachelor's buttons are the target of various conservation programs.

Types

The classic bachelor's button is deep blue, with darker hues concentrated in the center of the flower. Other colors have also become popular, including red, pink, white and black. All these varieties are annuals, meaning they usually flower and die in one year.

Identification

Bachelor's buttons grow pale green stems that have a distinctive gray hue. Most plants grow roughly 1 to 3 feet tall and have short, lance-shaped leaves. The flowers are rather small, rarely more than an inch in diameter.

Geography

Bachelor's buttons are native to southern Europe but have been successfully introduced to North America and Australia.

History

The name "bachelor's button" derives from legends of young men who would wear the flowers after falling in love. If the flower withered quickly, it was interpreted as a sign that they would not be loved in return.

Significance

Political parties in Estonia, Finland and Sweden have used the bachelor's button as a symbol of social reform since the early 1900s.

Fun Fact

Because they once grew in the fields of farmers, the bachelor's button is also known as a "cornflower."

References

  • PlantLife
  • Cornflower

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About this Author

Justin Coleman is a freelance writer based in Connecticut. Since 2007, he has covered a variety of topics, including biology and computers, amongst others. Coleman is currently a freelance nature and technology writer and wildlife photographer. When not working, Coleman tirelessly explores new areas of nature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, technology and sociology.

Photo by: Justin Coleman