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Set B2 - Wild Flowers - card information

6. Lesser Knapweed
(Centaurea nigra L.)

6. Lesser Knapweed

This tough, rigid plant is common all over the British Isles. It grows by the roadside and on grassland and can be seen in bloom from June until October or later. The stem is upright, branching in the upper part, and usually about two feet high. The leaves are roughly hairy, the lower ones toothed or lobed. The flower-heads, composite, with purple florets, are solitary on the ends of the branches.