Common Knapweed
Fact File
Taken at Hogganfield Loch on 29th June 2018 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.




 


Taken at Strathclyde Park on 24th July 2013 using Panasonic Lumix LX5 in macro mode. Fact File
 
Common Knapweed.
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AKA:
Centaurea nigra.
Asteraceae.
Perennial.

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Roadsides, meadows.
June - September.
50 - 100 cms high.
The word 'knap' means 'knob' - "knobweed".
The scientific name probably derives from
Greek mythology in which the centaur
(half man-half horse) Chiron was said to
have used the plant for its healing powers.
Superstition has it that Knapweed can be
used to predict the future of a maiden.
If the florets of a flower head blossom
while inside her blouse for an hour,
she will soon receive a marriage proposal.