Centratherum intermedium Less.
Centratherum intermedium is a perennial with bright purple flowers.
Centratherum intermedium was already described and the name validly published by Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link. It was Christian Friedrich Lessing, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1829.
Centratherum intermedium is a species in the genus Centratherum which contains approximately 6 to 14 species and belongs to the family of the Asteraceae (Aster Family). The type species of the genus is Centratherum punctatum.
The comparatively fast-growing and short-lived perennials reach heights of 15 to 30 centimetres.
Centratherum intermedium is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are elliptic with serrate margins.
Flowers and Fruits
Centratherum intermedium produces solitary purple many-stellate flowers from July to October.
The perennials produce achenes.
Centratherum intermedium is native to Brazil.
The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be gritty loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -7Â°C (USDA zone 9).
The perennials are best planted in groups of more than 15. Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as groundcover.
Maintenance and Propagation
- Remove withered flowers if no self-seeding is desired.
Propagate by sowing in autumn or by cuttings in autumn.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe 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.