Centaurea chrysantha Wagenitz
Centaurea chrysantha is a perennial with silvery tomentose leaves.
Centaurea chrysantha was described by Gerhard Wagenitz in 1972. The name is considered as validly published.
Centaurea chrysantha is a species in the genus Centaurea which contains approximately 864 to 1486 species and belongs to the family of the Asteraceae (Aster Family). The type species of the genus is Centaurea paniculata.
The perennials reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.
Centaurea chrysantha has yellow-green, simple leaves that are in rosettes. The leaves are oblanceolate, pinnatisect and sessile.
Flowers and Fruits
Centaurea chrysantha produces solitary yellow many-stellate flowers in June.
The perennials produce achenes.
Centaurea chrysantha is native to Turkey.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty-loamy and comparatively poor.
The perennials are suited for cultivation in a alpine house. Suited for rockeries.
Maintenance and Propagation
Propagate by sowing seed in pots in a cold frame in spring or by division in spring or in autumn.
Pests and Diseases
A powdery white coat on the plants indicates an infection with powdery mildew. Remove affected plants and apply a fungicide. To prevent infection improve ventilation, keep the roots moist and do not water the plants from above.
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