Centaurea montana
Mountain Bluet, Perennial Bachelor's Button, Mountain Knapweed
Northern Europe and Southern Europe

Erect plant
12-24 inches tall by 12 inches wide
Solitary blue heads are borne on short peduncles, flowers are 2 inches wide involucral bracts have black, fringed margins.
Early to midsummer
Alternate, broadly-lanceolate or obovate-oblanceolate, toothed margin, decurrent to the stem, younger leaves silvery-white. Plant is usually unbranched and many times stoloniferous.
Centaurea is derived from the Greek word, centaur, meaning famous for healing. Greek mythology claims Chiron the Centaur used the plant to heal a wound in his foot.


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