Greater Knapweed - Centaurea scabiosa
Medium to tall robust somewhat bristly plant to 1.5 metres. Stems erect, branched above. Leaves usually pinnately lobed with oblong or linear segments. Flowerheads purple, large 30 to 50 mm the outer florets much longer than the inner.
Leaves pinnately lobed; outer florets longer than inner
Rough grassy habitats, scrub and roadsides on dry calcareous soils.
Late June to September.
Widespread but local in England, scarcer or more coastal elsewhere in Britain.
Occasional. Mainly found in the north east of Leicestershire and in parts of Rutland with most other VC55 records coming from railway verges. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 26 of the 617 tetrads.
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