Gentianaceae
Centaurium erythraea

Common Centaury

Erect, hairless. Leaves in basal rosette, bright green at flowering, 1–2 in., oblong, with rounded tips; few stem leaves opposite, narrow, with pointed tips. Inflorescence dense in flat-topped clusters, sessile with 2 bracts at base. Flowers bright reddish pink, funnel-shaped, with 5 lobes. Grows in fields, roadsides, meadows, disturbed places, more often west of Cascade Mountains, at low elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Biennial
  • Height: 4--20 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Meadow, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: No