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Centaurea montana

Centaurea montana

Perennial cornflower or mountain bluet is native to the mountains of southern Europe. However, thanks to its propensity to “escape” from gardens and naturalize, it can now be found as a non-native species throughout much of the rest of Europe and parts of North America. The Colorado State University's Cooperative Extension has a tidy article on Centaurea, including the history behind the name.

Flickr BPotD Group Pool Pic of the Day: a relative of the plant in today's image, Centaurea cyanus from the creative eye of Angel's Lens@Flickr (be sure to check out her other plant images!).

Botany / culture resource link: Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia, 1907-1927, a newly released virtual exhibit from the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard. Suggested by Dr. Quentin Cronk, director of UBC Garden.


Centaurea montana - Z3 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Centaurea montana - Z3-8 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

I have been trying to rid my rockery of this thug for 10 years. Its fleshy roots go deep. The plant regenerates from any root pieces left in the soil. Beware!

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