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Centaurea montana
mountain bluet, mountain cornflower, montane starthistle
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: In scattered locations throughout Washington, but more common west of the Cascades; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Montana and Utah; in upper midwestern and northeastern U.S. and Canada.

Habitat: Occasionally escapes from cultivation; open, disturbed areas in shrub-steppe, forests, and along roadsides.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Introduced from Europe

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Pubescent perennial from creeping rhizomes, the stems 30-60 cm. tall.


Leaves alternate, entire, and lanceolate.


Heads discoid, terminal and solitary on the stem; flowers blue, the long corolla tube deeply five-lobed; involucre bracts imbricate, with bristly margins.



Accepted Name:
Centaurea montana L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 2: 911. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Centaurea montana in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Centaurea montana checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Centaurea montana atlas page.

CalPhotos: Centaurea montana photos.

USDA Plants: Centaurea montana information.

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