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Mountain Bluet

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The mountain bluet flower (centaurea montana) is an erect, stoloniferous, clump-forming perennial which features solitary, fringed, rich blue cornflowers (2" diameter) with reddish blue centers and black-edged involucre bracts.

Centaurea montana grows in gardens where it grows best in sunny locations. It tolerates some light shade. If the plant is dug up a new plant can eventually regenerate from small pieces of root left in the soil.

This plant is inedible; however, it is a popular medicinal plant in Central Europe. Leaves of the plant are readily eaten by squirrels.

Photo captured May 22, 2010 at Chicago Botanic Gardens.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 160 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

stunning shot, very good focus

23 Aug 2010 5:27am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe tout simplement !

23 Aug 2010 5:35am

Antoine from France

Superb photo. Colors and details are very beautiful. Have a great day Steven.

23 Aug 2010 8:14am

Philip from JoBurg, South Africa

I wonder what benefit the squirrels get from it great shot BTW :)

23 Aug 2010 9:08am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot of this beautiful flower.. lovely colour.

23 Aug 2010 9:08am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very beautiful details and colors ! Have a nice day Steven :)

23 Aug 2010 1:19pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Well this is just about the most incredible flower I think I have ever seen. I don't recall ever seeing this specimen before! Wonderful image STephen and as always you bring out and hilite the details so very well in all that you do! Marvelous!

23 Aug 2010 3:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An exotic looking flower and beautiful, too. The blue and green colors are super.

23 Aug 2010 4:47pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Lovely angle and colours...
Beautiful picture..

23 Aug 2010 7:16pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


23 Aug 2010 9:37pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

amazing color - and comp. beautiful

24 Aug 2010 1:28am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Exotic beauty!

24 Aug 2010 3:08am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is stunning! love the colors and abstract like design! Nice light and details! Superb!!!!

24 Aug 2010 3:39am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a nice blue star !

24 Aug 2010 4:16am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I love this blue!

24 Aug 2010 9:19am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous closeup !

24 Aug 2010 5:40pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Alien life form.. spectacular!

26 Aug 2010 3:00pm

Iris from Assen, Netherlands

what a beautiful flower this is!!

28 Aug 2010 11:44pm