This hairy little plant with 5 pointy petals is native to the Mediterranean region and is both edible and medicinal
Flowers and young leaves of this plant have been added to salads and soups since ancient times. Modern analysis finds the seed oil to contain GLA, an anti-inflammatory. The plant is also used to treat rashes and a variety of other ailments (see the learning links for details).
The brilliant blue, white, or pink of these flowers are actually 5 to 25 colored sepals rather than petals. They appear to float upon a mist of thread-like bracts above feathery, pinnately divided leaves.