Meadow Knapweed2017-07-24T19:21:49+00:00

Meadow Knapweed

Centaurea pratensis

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.

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Photos courtesy of La Plata County