Centaurea montana ‘Mountain bluet ‘ Framed Vintage Floral Botanical Print


Presenting an original vintage botanical print by Elsa M. Felsko, renowned for lifelike depictions of flowers and plants, capturing the intricate beauty of nature with remarkable precision. Each print is professionally framed in an elegant gold frame and floated on a lush green mat.

Print size: 9.5 x 6.5 in (24 x 16.5 cm)

Frame size: 18 x 15 in (45 x 38 cm)

The breathtaking beauty of Mountain Bluet also known as Centaurea montana, a captivating perennial adorned with striking solitary cornflowers in a mesmerizing shade of rich blue, boasts a distinctive reddish blue center and elegant black-edged involucre bracts. These exquisite flowers, measuring about 2 inches in diameter, grace the landscape with their presence in late spring, perched atop unbranched stems that typically reach heights of 1 to 2 feet.

Endemic to Europe, Centaurea montana thrives in meadows and open woodlands of the upper montane and sub-alpine zones, particularly in basic areas. While widespread and common in southerly mountain ranges, it is a rarer find in northern regions.

The genus name, derived from the Greek word “kentauros” meaning centaur, pays homage to the legendary centaur Chiron, who discovered the plant’s medicinal properties. Distinguished by its captivating blue-purple hue of its outermost ray florets, this perennial beauty typically boasts a single flower head, adding to its allure. With its remarkable adaptability to varying soil types and light conditions, including both sunny positions and light shade, Centaurea montana thrives in gardens and attracts pollinators, making it a cherished addition to the landscape.

Felsko’s dedication to both artistic excellence and scientific accuracy makes her work coveted by botanical enthusiasts, interior decorators, or anyone seeking to infuse their space with the beauty of nature. Each print measures approximately 24 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6.5 in), and is framed with generous matting adding depth and dimension to the artwork. with an overall frame size of 18 x 15 inches (approximately 45 x 38 cm.)

Elsa Maria Felsko-Schülke (1908 Berlin – 1987 Berlin) was a famed German flower painter and botanist. She studied graphics and design at the Textile School in Berlin, and studied botanical illustration at the University of Göttingen under the botanist Robert Pilger. She initially worked as a botanical illustrator at the University of Göttingen and later for Robert Pilger at the Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem.

This is an original vintage print, not a copy or reproduction. Please note all sales are final!

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