Centaurium Erythraea, Common Centaury



Common name:
Common centaury
Scientific name:
Centaurium erythraea
Main flower color:
Range:
England, Wales and south/central Scotland
Height:
Between 10 cm and 40 cm
Habitat:
Dry grassland, chalk downland, dunes, woodland margins
Flowers:
In terminal, forked clusters. Flowers have a green calyx with narrow, linear lobes, and a tubular corolla more than twice as long, opening to five pink, spreading, ovate lobes. Flowers are up to 12 mm in diameter, attached by very short stalks
Leaves:
Basal leaves are obovate, in a rosette, while the stem leaves are narrower, though not linear. All are hairless. Leaves have a midvein and one, two or three pairs of side veins
Season:
June to September
Rarity:
★★★★★