Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Winter annual

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

Common (rare in GA Mountains)

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

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Invasive?

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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple: Unlobed and/or dissected
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Disc: Blue (sometimes pink, purple or white)
Rays: Absent
Bisexual, fertile (peripheral florets sterile)
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Bluish-gray
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 cyanus   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Centaurea cyanus   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-24-002:
Centaurea cyanus   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Bachelor's Buttons, Cornflower