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Meadow knapweed (Centaurea xmoncktonii)

Meadow knapweed Description: Fertile hybrid between black and brown knapweeds.

Habit: Biennial; deep-rooted perennial; growing each year from a woody root crown.

Leaves: Basal leaves are up to 6 in (15.2 cm) long, tapering at both ends and having the broadest part above the middle of the leaf, stem leaves are lance-shaped, shallowly-lobed, and stalkless.

Stems: Few to several stems with many branches; mature plants reach 3.5 ft (1.04 m) tall.

Flowers: Rose-purple in color, although white flowers occasionally occur; heads are solitary at the ends of the upper branches, broadly oval and almost globe-shaped, 0.5 in (1.3 cm) long with a fringed margin.

Fruit and seeds: Seeds are pale tan in color, plumeless, 1/8 in (2 cm) long.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Grows well in moist soils and found in disturbed sites, roadsides, fields, open grassland, pastures, and forest edge at low- to mid-elevations.

Reproduction: By seed.

Similar species: Spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe), which can be easily distinguished by its leaf shape and color. Spotted knapweed leaves are grey-green and more deeply lobed.

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling; effectively controlled using any of several readily available general use herbicides.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the wiki, the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee and the USDA PLANTS Database.

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Common Name:

Meadow knapweed

Scientific Name:

Centaurea xmoncktonii







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