E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Rhaponticum repens (L.) Hidalgo
Russian knapweed (hardheads)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

General:
Perennial herb from a rhizome; stems erect, openly branched, densely woolly-hairy, 0.2-1.0 m tall.
Leaves:
Basal leaves oblanceolate, irregularly pinnately-lobed to entire, 3-10 cm long, 1.0-2.5 cm wide; lower stem leaves smaller, pinnately-lobed; upper stem leaves linear to narrowly lanceolate, entire or saw-toothed.
Flowers:
Heads with ray and disk flowers; involucres 9-15 mm tall; involucral bracts in several unequal series, entire, more or less soft-hairy with widely papery tips; ray flowers white to blue, 12-16 mm long; receptacles bristly.
Fruits:
Achenes egg-shaped, 3-4 mm long, slightly compressed, glabrous; pappus of many bristles barbed below, feathery above, more or less deciduous.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadsides and disturbed areas in the steppe and montane zones; frequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Synonyms and Alternate Names


Centaurea picris Pallas ex Willd.
Centaurea repens

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