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Centaurium erythraea
(formerly Centaurium umbellatum)

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) Other common names: Common Centaury, Erythraea-like Centaury, European Centaury

Other scientific names: Centaurium umbellatum, Centaurium minus, Erythraea centaurium

Family: Gentian Family (Gentianaceae)

Flowers: Summer, Autumn;  Blue/Violet;  5 parts (petals)

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 254   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Photographs: 119 photographs available, of which 10 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) flower

Centaury flower.

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) flowers

A Centaury plant in bloom.

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) flowers

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) flowers

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) flower buds

Centaury flower buds.

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) flower

Centaury flowers are fairly small.

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) plant

Spent Centaury blooms.

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) plant

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) leaves and stem

Stem leaves.

Centaury (Centaurium erythraea) lower leaves

Lower leaves of Centaury. Note they are opposite.

Range map for Centaury (Centaurium erythraea)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)