Centaurea nigra L.  
Family: Asteraceae
black knapweed, lesser knapweed
[Centaurea nigra var. radiata L.]
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Etymology: Centaurea: ancient Greek plant-name, poetically associated with Chiron, the Centaur, but without wholly satisfactory explanation
Plants: perennial forb
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
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from USDA Plants website  
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