Perennial Cornflower - Centaurea montana

Description

Short to medium rhizomatous cottony plant with winged stems. Flowerheads violet or blue 60 to 80 mm the outer florets spreading, much longer than the inner. Flower bracts with a blackish brown fringe.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Dry open places.

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Perennial - Possibly casual naturalised from garden origins, the plants photographed were half a mile from the nearest habitation.

UK Status

Only common as a garden plant, it does however turn up around Britain as a casual quite regularly.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland as a wild plant and not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map