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Garden Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus

Exotic Species (not native to Montana)

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Annual. Stems erect, branched, 20–60 cm. Herbage sparingly tomentose. Leaves petiolate below; blades linear-oblanceolate, 2–10 cm long, entire or with few linear lobes. Inflorescence corymbiform; heads solitary on branch tips. Involucres campanulate, 12–16 mm high; outer phyllaries ovate, green with a white to brown, scarious fringe at the tip; inner lanceolate with a blunt, white-fringed tip. Disk flowers 25 to 35, blue; the outer enlarged, resembling 5-lobed rays; inner corollas 11–15 mm long. Achenes 4–6 mm long; pappus bristles in 2 series (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced ornamental sparingly escaped throughout most of N. America (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).


  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • McGregor, R.L., coordinator, and T.M. Barkley, R.E. Brooks, and E.K. Schofield, eds.: Great Plains Flora Association. 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. Lawrence, KS: Univ. Press Kansas. 1392 pp.
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    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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