Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) wildflower


Vibrant violet flower heads sit atop a 40-60 cm stem, there will often be several flower heads on each stem and these will be out in flower from June to September. Lesser Knapweed is a fantastic provider of nectar for bees and butterflies, and seed supply for finches. Knapweed is sometimes known as hardheads, in reference to the nobby seedheads.

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Wild Flower

Lesser Knapweed

Lesser knapweed is also known as common black knapweed. It is a competitive wild flower found throughout the UK and parts of western Europe, in old meadows and roadsides. It may be known as 'hardheads'.

Lesser Knapweed Species Guide