Common Knapweed
Fact File
Taken at Skateraw on 6th August 2017 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode
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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.