Lesser Knapweed

9cm Pot, Seed Packet, Seeds (per gram), Wildflower Plugs

Centaurea nigra: Common, Black or Lesser Knapweed, Thistle-like purple flowers, looks good with ox-eye daisies.

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Latin Name: Centaurea nigra

Common Name(s): Lesser Knapweed

Plant Type: Perennial

Friendly For: Bees, Butterflies

Habitat: Sun, Well Drained


Pink, Purple



Flowering Time:

June - September

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Known by the common names lesser knapweed, common knapweed and black knapweed, Although the plant is often unwanted by landowners because it is considered a weed by many, it provides a great deal of nectar for pollinators. It was rated in the top 5 for most nectar production. With a conservation status of common here in the UK, they aren’t too hard to come by. Being such a great source of nectar, the honey bee absolutely loves the flower head knapweed produces. Common knapweed blooms with pink and purple flower heads in the style of tubular florets sitting upon ribbed stems. A great meadow perennial, they flower mid to late summer.

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