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Centaury, Common

Centaurium erythraea     Fr: Petite centaurée commune


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A very variable short-to-medium plant, usually with a single hairless stem, branching above the mid point. The roots can be boiled to make a brew that helps digestion (but it's very bitter).

Flowers. May-July

Tall. Low - Med

Flower. Pink to bright pink, nearly purplish, opening wide in bright sunshine, in lax-to-dense flat-topped clusters.

Leaves. Basel leaves oval or elliptical, to 50 mm long, forming a rosette. Stem leaves are paired, narrower, with 3 prominent veins.

Habitat. Dry grassy areas and scrub, roadsides; garrigue, usually on calcareous soil.

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