Common Centaury - Centaurium erythraea

    Description

    Variable low to short plant, often with a solitary erect stem, branched above. Leaves elliptical to oval, 3 to 7 veined. Flowers pink to purplish 9 t0 15 mm, scarcely stalked, borne in flat topped, branched clusters.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grassy habitats, often in dry places, and woodland margins.

    When to see it

    June to September

    Life History

    Biennial

    UK Status

    Fairly frequent in Britain except the extreme north.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and quite local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 63 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map