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Black Knapweed

Centaurea nigra

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Purple and brush-like with brownish-black bracts, up to 4cm. Sometimes rayed and other times not.
Fruit:
A flattish, elliptical achene with short bristly hairs at the end.
Leaves:
Pale green, alternate, lanceolate leaves. The leaves also have sparsely toothed margins and short grey hairs.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The flowers are edible.
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:
Common Knapweed, Hardheads, Lesser Knapweed.
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, grassland, hedgerows, lawns, meadows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.