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Centaurea maculosa

Spotted knapweed flower.

Spotted knapweed rosette just before shoot elongation.

Young spotted knapweed rosette.

  • 'Knapweed' comes from the German word 'knobbe' meaning bump or button.

  • In the past, young women wore spotted knapweed flowers to attract bachelors.

  • Spotted knapweed is not known for its edible qualities, but North Africans claim to have fed the plant to their camels.