Bachelor Buttons (or Bachelor’s Button) are blooming in my field of dreams next to my Potting Shed.
In the southeastern United States, Bachelor Button can be found growing in meadows and fields, is drought-tolerant, self-seeding and therefore aggressive. Here in North Carolina, it’s considered a noxious weed and growing it is prohibited since it quickly displaces other grasses, crops, and native wildflowers.
Also known as Blue Bottle, Blue Bonnet, Blue Bow, Blue Cap, Cornflower, Boutonniere Flower and Basket Flower, this wildflower is easy to grow in many soil types and is native to Europe.
I gathered some old blue bottles for vases for this Blue Bottle flower in my Potting Shed. . .
I’m doing my part to prevent the flowers from going to seed one bloom at a time.
I have a ways to go ;)
Aggressive and noxious weed or not, it gives me a thrill to see the waves and drifts of Bachelor Buttons blooming this time of year.
Blue is the rarest color in the garden and making blue flowers a favorite color of many gardeners and flower lovers.
If you grow your own Bachelor Button from seed (those of you not in North Carolina) or harvest some that are grown organically and pesticide free, the papery petals are edible and can be used as a pretty salad garnish.
I’ve never eaten any I’ve picked since the field is sprayed every spring, but they’re said to have mild and peppery clove flavor.
May all your weeds be wildflowers!