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Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa Family: Asteraceae
Centaurea scabiosa     *     Greater Knapweed

Flowering time: July - August. Perennial

Habitat: Calcareous grassland, hedgebanks, roadsides and scrubland.

Large pink-purple flowers with enlarged outer florets and green bracts, their apex blackish. The leaves are deeply pinnate with lanceolate segments. Height 30-80cm

The rayed form of Common Knapweed, C. nigra var. radiata
is similar but bracts are blackish-brown and it is found on acidic ground.


Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa       Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa


Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa


Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa
Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa
Badbury Rings, Dorset. July 2012

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