This grain, also known as Maize, has been cultivated for millenniums in various cultures as food and as an offering to the gods. Corn does not grow in the wild. It is “invented” by mankind. We commonly know the yellow and white corn. Now we have a great variety of colors which are being used in the fall season as centerpieces especially for Thanksgiving day!
Corn is used symbolically to indicate spiritual goodness. With its many seeds, corn is also a symbol of fertility and rebirth.
Parts of Appalachia are rich in superstitions surrounding corn. Some farmers believe that if you miss a row while you’re planting corn, someone in your family will die before harvest season. Likewise, if you see kernels of corn lying in the road, it means that company is on the way, but if you brush the kernels away or bury them, your visitor will be a stranger. If the husks on your corn extend far beyond the ear itself, it’s a sign you’re in for a long hard winter. Burning the cobs, husks, or kernels will bring about drought in the coming season.
In late August, we celebrate the beginning of the Corn Moon. This moon phase is also known as the Barley Moon and carries on the associations of grain and rebirth that we saw back at Lammastide. August was originally known as Sextilis by the ancient Romans but was later renamed for Augustus (Octavian) Caesar.
During the westward expansion of the nineteenth century, settlers in some Midwestern areas believed that if a girl found a blood-red corn cob among the yellow ones, she was sure to marry before the year was out. Forward-thinking young men occasionally planted a few random kernels of red corn strains among their crops. In Kentucky, it’s said that blue kernels found on an otherwise red corn cob will bring the person who finds them very good luck indeed. Longfellow alluded to this custom, writing, “In the golden weather the maize was husked, and the maidens blushed at each blood-red ear, for that betokened a lover; but at the crooked laughed, and called it a thief in the corn-field.”
In parts of Ireland, it’s believed that burying a sheaf of corn while uttering a curse will cause your enemies to die–they will rot from the inside as the corn decays in the soil.
Colors, Shapes, and Availability
This great variety of shapes and colors is used especially in decorations to create warm ornaments such as centerpieces and crowns. Perfect for stunning decorations in the most cozy season of the year, Thanksgiving. Black Corn is also referred to as “Black Aztec” because it is sweeter than the common corn. This is the variety most often used by floral decorators to create different and attractive arrangements.
Combine Ornamental Corn with dried flowers and be surprised! It fits perfectly in the warm and cozy style.