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Centaurea dealbata Willd.

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Morphology / Appearance

Centaurea dealbata Willd.

Character recognition:

Plant: herbaceous perennial, up to 40 - 70 cm (18 - 30 inches) height;
Root: rhizomatous;
Stem: erect;
Leaves: are 1 - 2 pinnately divided, 4 - 5 cm inches long, coarsely serrated, green and covered with silver hairs underneath;
Flowers: solitary, purple to rose-pink or pink, 5 cm. wide and have fringed, spiny bracts on slender peduncles;
Fruits: achenes.

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Centaurea dealbata
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Ecology / Plant spreading

Centaurea dealbata Willd.

Bloom time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Flower color:  rose-pink
Plant type: perennial
Light: Sun
Propagation Material: Seeds

Persian Cornflower native to the Caucasus Mountains.

Classification

Centaurea dealbata Willd.

Cultivation / Plant breeding

Centaurea dealbata Willd.

C. dealbata is widely cultivated as an ornamental, though it is not as well known as some other members of the genus. It is widely adaptable and drought-tolerant.
Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Addition of sand to the soil helps promote good drainage. Mature plants tolerate dryish soils. Avoid wet soils. Plants may be grown from seed, and may escape gardens/naturalize by self-seeding, but are not considered invasive as is the case with some of the knapweeds. Stems may flop on taller plants. Cut flowering stems back after bloom is completed.

 

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