Tough and vigorous, common knapweed is pollinated by a wide range of insects including bees, flies, butterflies, and beetles, and the resulting seed heads attract goldfinches and other seed-feeding birds. A member of the daisy family, knapweed flowers are made up of many tiny flowers with ragged bracts, borne on stems to a metre high above clumps of long entire or partly lobed mid-green leaves.
Common knapweed is also included in the following wildflower seed mixtures:
Things to note when sowing common knapweed wildflower seeds:
Latin name: Centaurea nigra
Height: 30–60 cm tall.
Natural habitat: meadows, pastures, road verges, field borders, waste ground, scrubland, and woodland edges.
Did you know? Common knapweed is favoured by of all kinds of butterflies including Common Blues, Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns.
Is common knapweed safe for pets? Yes, common knapweed is not known to be toxic to animals or humans, but all knapweeds contain carcinogens, so it is best to wear gloves when pulling more than one plant.
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