Centaurea solstitialis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeCentaureaCentaurea solstitialis


An annual or, rarely, biennial herb introduced with grain, bird-seed, lucerne or sainfoin seed, or wool and found most frequently in arable fields and on waste ground. Lowland.



World Distribution

Native of S. Europe and S.W. Asia; widely naturalised elsewhere.

Atlas Change Index: -5.62

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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