Belongs to: gentian family

Common centaury Centaurium erythraea


Best time to see: Jun to Sep

Key facts

An annual of dry grassy places, including sandy ground near the sea

Tightly packed clusters of pink flowers; elliptical leaves mostly in a basal rosette

Like other members of the gentian family the flowers close up in late afternoon

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Photo © Tony Gunton

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