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Chalk Knapweed

Centaurea debauxii

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Solitary reddish-purple thistle-like flowers existing at the tops of the stems.
Fruit:
Elliptical light brown achenes which are slightly flat in appearance. The tip sometimes has a few bristles.
Leaves:
Slender, narrow, alternate, stalkless leaves with auricles.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The only edible parts of this plants are the flowers.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Black Knapweed, Common Knapweed, Hardheads, Lesser Knapweed.
Habitats:
Farmland, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.