Centaurea chrysantha

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Centaurea chrysantha Wagenitz

Asteraceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun  

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: rosette
Leaves:

Shape: oblanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: achene

VI

3A / f8da21 

Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Asteridae
Superordo:
Asteranae
Ordo:
Asterales

Centaurea chrysantha is a perennial with silvery tomentose leaves.

Naming

Centaurea chrysantha was described by Gerhard Wagenitz in 1972. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials reach heights of 5 to 10 centimetres.

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Centaurea chrysantha is native to Turkey.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be gritty-loamy and comparatively poor.

Uses

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.

Cultivars

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.

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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