Photographer: Merel R. Black
Centaurea biebersteinii DC.
Centaurea: ancient Greek plant-name, poetically associated with Chiron, the Centaur, but without wholly satisfactory explanation
biebersteinii: for Baron Friedrich August Marschall von Bieberstein, 19th century German explorer in southern Russia
Restricted Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, biennial/perennial, 1'-4' tall forb|
|Flower: ||head 1" wide with pink to purple disk flowers, starry, loosely thistle-like, bracts (phyllaries) fringed with black "eyelashes"; inflorescence a solitary head at the ends of the many branches; blooms June-Oct.|
|Leaf:||pinnately-divided with narrow lobes|
|Habitat: ||dry; disturbed sites; in limy soil|
|Notes: ||Plants produces a chemical killing nearby plants. To eradicate- wear gloves to pull or dig; hot burns; herbicide specific to broadleaf or composite weeds|