Centratherum intermedium

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Centratherum intermedium Less.

Asteraceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   9

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

Shape: many-stellate
Fruit: achene

82C / 7b4c9a 

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

Centratherum intermedium is a perennial with bright purple flowers.

Naming

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.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

Growth

The comparatively fast-growing and short-lived perennials reach heights of 15 to 30 centimetres.

Leaves

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.

Root System

Distribution

Centratherum intermedium is native to Brazil.

Cultivation

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 -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Uses

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.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

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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