Calflora
Taxon  Report   10806    
Centaurea benedicta  (L.) L.
Blessed thistle
Centaurea benedicta
© 2008 Luigi Rignanese
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Centaurea benedicta
© 2009 Stanley Spencer
Centaurea benedicta
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Centaurea benedicta, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Centaurea benedicta
© 2006 Chris Wagner, SBNF
Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Centaurea
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

PLANTS accepted name:
Cnicus benedictus

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Cnicus benedictus
More information about  Centaurea benedicta
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (CNBE)

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 12, 2018).

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