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July's Birth Flower

"Blue as cornflowers, delphiniums,
bachelors' buttons.
Blue as Roquefort,
blue as Saga.
Blue as still water.

Blue as the eyes of a Siamese cat."

~ Colors Passing Through Us, Marge Piercy

This beautiful blue tartan was created to represent the high summer scents and colours of lavender, blueberry, strawberry, honey and petals from beautiful Blue Cornflower, one of July's most beloved traditional Birth Flowers. Also known as Bachelor’s Buttons, Cornflowers were once frequent weeds in the grain and cornfields of Southern Europe, which is how it got its common name. Edible with a cucumber and spicy, clove-like flavour, the Cornflower's botanical name Centaurea was inspired by the mythical centaur, a half-man and half-horse creature of Greek mythology. Cornflowers have been associated with the mythical Chiron, a centaur famous for his wisdom and knowledge of medicine. According to the legend, Chiron used cornflowers to heal wounds caused by poisoned arrows, which were dipped in venom or blood of Hydra, the water-snake-like creature. Over time, the language of flowers deemed the Cornflower to be symbolically associated with hope, anticipation, and patience. 🌼


Exclusive to Palais des Thés, this tartan is companion to the Montagne Bleue tea blend, which includes high summer notes of honey, lavender, cornflower, strawberries and rhubarb, alongside the intensity of black tea.  This tartan is part of a set of tartans designed for evocative tea blends referencing regions of origin and floral additions.


Also referred to as the Bachelor Button, the Cornflower is designated as July's Birth Flower along with the Larkspur and the Water Lily.


Since bachelors wore the bloom in their lapels when they went courting, the cornflower also became associated with romance and patience. 


In the symbolic language of flowers, cornflowers were once worn by bachelors when courting, becoming associated with romance and patience.  Some wore the flower to indiciate a specific interest in a romantic partner.  But it was thought that if the bloom faded too fast, it was an omen that the love wouldn’t be returned.  


They have also been believed to represent single wretchedness, giving rise to other common names such as the Hurtsickle and Devil’s Flower. 


Cornflowers have been prized for their exotic beauty and deep, vivid color as few truly blue flowers found in nature, which make them unique and somewhat distinguished. 


Cornflowers have been used in salads, pasta, fritters, custards and other desserts.  In some regions, cornflower pasta salad is popular, especially with tomatoes and avocados. There’s also a butterscotch and cornflower sauce commonly served over ice cream, baked apples and rice puddings! 


For more on the language of flowers, click the Cornflower!