Keys to Identification
- Meadow Knapweed is a member of the Sunflower family. It is a perennial that grows up to 3-1/2 feet tall with many branches. Lower leaves are entire, coarsely lobed, or toothed, while middle and upper leaves are entire or toothed. Flowers are large pink to purplish-red heads at the end of the branches; involucral bracts deeply fringed, light to dark brown. this species is considered to be a hybrid between brown knapweed and black knapweed.
- Meadow knapweed is native to Europe. It infests roadsides, waste areas, fields and pastures.
Habitat and Distribution
Mode of reproduction
Photos courtesy of La Plata County