Russ logo

All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

  Flora Wildflowers /  Centaury, Common

The world's oldest, largest (and best) website about Provence

Centaury, Common

Centaurium erythraea     Fr: Petite centaurée commune

Gallery of 5 photos for Centaury, Common

A very variable short-to-medium plant, usually with a single hairless stem, branching above the mid point. The roots can be boiled to make a brew that helps digestion (but it's very bitter).

Flowers. May-July

Flower. Pink to bright pink, nearly purplish, opening wide in bright sunshine, in lax-to-dense flat-topped clusters.

Leaves. Basel leaves oval or elliptical, to 50 mm long, forming a rosette. Stem leaves are paired, narrower, with 3 prominent veins.

Habitat. Dry grassy areas and scrub, roadsides; garrigue, usually on calcareous soil.

Search Beyond

Site Map Provence Beyond

 Russ photo russ.png After 25 years online, I've decided to remove all Ads from my one-man web Provence Beyond. If the content is enjoyable or useful to you, I would really appreciate your support.