Common Centaury

Common Centaury Weed 1.

Common name

Common Centaury

Scientific Name

Centaurium erythraea

Type of plant


About this weed

In Western Australia there are two native species of Centaurium and seven naturalised species. The species are difficult to tell apart and further study is needed. All have pink or red-pink flowers except C. maritimum which has yellow flowers.


Common Centaurium is a biennial or annual herb growing between 0.05 and 0.5 m high. It produces many simple pink or red-pink flowers over summer that are held erect on more or less branched hairless stalks. How it was introduced is not documented but may have been used as a garden plant.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.


Often seen in damp habitats of the South-West Province.It has been recorded from Meekatharra to Balladonia.

Priority for removal


Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

January, February, March, April, October, November, December

Flower colour/s

Red, Pink

Information source

Additional information

Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Common Centaury images


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