Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Burren, Co.Clare

Greater Knapweed
Centaurea scabiosa
Mínscoth mhór
Family: Asteraceae

Flowering time: July-August. Perennial. Native.

Large pink-purple flowers, enlarged outer florets. Bracts green, apex blackish.
Deeply pinnate leaves, lanceolate segments. Grooved, branched, erect stems.

Calcareous grassland, roadsides, scrubland. Also on un-stable sea-cliffs.
Frequent but local, mainly S, E, and Central Ireland.

Similar: Rayed form of Common Knapweed, C. nigra var. radiata.
Bracts blackish-brown. Acidic ground.
     
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