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Greater Knapweed

Centaurea scabiosa

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Majestic-looking. Purple and brush-like with dull green bracts and brownish-black appendages, up to 5cm. Always rayed.
Fruit:
Flattened achene with short greyish hairs.
Leaves:
Dark green, deeply lobed, alternate, short-stalked. The lobes of the leaves are narrow and irregular.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Other Names:
Greater Centaury, Scabious Knapweed.
Habitats:
Cliffs, farmland, grassland, hedgerows, roadsides, scrub, wasteland, woodland.