Common Centaury - Centaurium erythraea


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

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

When to see it

June to September

Life History


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


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map