In forklore, the blue cornflower was worn by young men in love. If the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man’s love was not returned – hence, the Bachelor’s Button. We will have to watch the Bachelor on TV and see if he is wearing a button boutonniere!
In France it is the symbol of the November 11th, 1918 armistice and as such a common symbol for veterans. Similar to the poppies worn in the United Kingdom and in Canada.
Designing with the Bachelor’s Button
- When using in fresh arrangements, look for the longer stems.
- Cut the blooms in early morning when they are half open and strip the lower leaves of the stems.
- They combine beautifully with snapdragons, sweet williams, lavender and the blue spikes of salvia.
- The plant’s grayish-green foliage works well with the silvery leaves of the dusty miller.
- The blooms on wiry stems may need support; it is recommended to use 16 gauge floral wire and insert it into the hollow stem.
- The vibrant blue color is a welcome addition to hand tied bouquets and nosegays.
- Pink, lavender and bright blue is often uses in wedding bouquets, with matching boutonnieres.