Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2677

Forb
Winter annual

Non-native: Mediterranean Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in Coastal Plain of GA-NC-SC, uncommon in SC Piedmont, rare elsewhere

Look for it in fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

SC List of Regulated Pest Plant Species, 2017

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Disc: Yellow
Rays: Absent
Bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Achene

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Centaurea benedicta   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cnicus benedictus   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-24-004:
Centaurea benedicta   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Blessed Thistle


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picture of Centaurea benedicta, image of Centaurea benedicta

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cnbe_001_lvd

        

picture of Centaurea benedicta, image of Centaurea benedicta

Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org    bug_5374323

Month Unknown        

Heads sessile, closely subtended & partially concealed by large foliar bracts, per Weakley's Flora.