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Centaurea paniculata

Jersey knapweed

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPink-purple
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Centaurea paniculata (Jersey knapweed). This species is a perennial herb, the leaves are green and pinnately lobed. The flowers will bloom in spikes of pink-purple blooms in the summer to the autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe, Med, Asia, Australia

Interest and use

Grown for the flower heads that each have a thistle like centre surrounded by a ring of slender ray petals. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil, with a sunny position.

Propagation

You will need to sow the annual seeds in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for powdery mildew.

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