Page author: David Giblin
Centaurea benedicta
blessed thistle

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Roadsides, fields, ditches, wastelots, and other disturbed, open areas.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


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Accepted Name:
Centaurea benedicta (L.) L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. Ed. 2,. 2: 1296. 1763.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cnicus benedictus L. [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Centaurea benedicta checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Centaurea benedicta atlas page.

CalPhotos: Centaurea benedicta photos.

USDA Plants: Centaurea benedicta information.

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