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Medium sized annual, some 30 cm tall, member of Asteraceae family. Forms a basal rosette of leaves; with stems bearing terminal purple flowers typical for the genus.
Originating from Mediterranean, this knapweed is usually found on dry rocky or stony soils often on dry hills or mountains. Here, observed on a dry rocky-and-grassland escarpment, dominating Skradin valley. The rich Skradin valley is close to Krka National Park, park itself enclosing a river forming several waterfalls and lakes, and surrounded by a lush broad leaved forest. However, this escarpment is much more arid, and covered by a vegetation adapted to prolonged arid conditions.