Centaurea cyanus L.
Family: Asteraceae
bachelor's-button,  more...
[Leucacantha cyanus (L.) Nieuwl. & Lunell]
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Mark A. Wetter  
Etymology: Centaurea: ancient Greek plant-name, poetically associated with Chiron, the Centaur, but without wholly satisfactory explanation
Plants: erect, annual, 8"-48" tall forb covered with whitish hairs when young
Leaves: usually undivided, linear, less than 1/3" wide, larger ones possibly with a few lobes
Flowers: head 1/2"-1" wide with blue to purple disk flowers, bracts (phyllaries) lined with darkish fringed "eyelashes" near the tip; inflorescence a solitary head at the ends of the many branches
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
Centaurea cyanus image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Centaurea cyanus image
Kurt Stüber  
Centaurea cyanus image
Botancial Illustration  
Centaurea cyanus image
Mark A. Wetter  
Centaurea cyanus image
Botancial Illustration  
Centaurea cyanus image
Centaurea cyanus image
Centaurea cyanus image
Centaurea cyanus image
Centaurea cyanus image
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