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Common Centaury

Centaurium eythraea


European centaury is an annual or biennial plant found all over Europe In damp meadows, forest clearings, and sandy soils. The stem is 6 to 18 inches high, quadrangular to hexagonal, hollow when older, and branched near the top. The basal leaves are ovate and grow in a rosette; the stem leaves are opposite, sessile, and ovate-oblong. The rose-red, funnel- shaped flowers grow in cymes from June to September.


Grassy places, open ground, woodland margins, scrub and mountain slopes.


The European centaury is used as a medical herb in many parts of Europe.The herb, mainly prepared as tea, is thought to possess medical properties beneficial for patients with gastric and liver diseases.It is also a powerful antioxidant.

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England, United Kingdom

Lat: 52.36, Long: -2.13

Spotted on Jun 26, 2011
Submitted on Nov 22, 2012

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