Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus


Medium to tall plant with erect stems. Flowers violet blue or dark blue, occasionally white. 15 to 30 mm solitary the outer florets spreading and much longer than the inner.

Identification difficulty

Disturbed ground and other open habitats.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Uncommon now in Britain, and usually found as a casual. However it is sometimes seeded as part of meadow creation projects.

VC55 Status

Quite uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in just 6 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map