Taxon: Centaurea jacea L.

Genus: Centaurea
Family: Asteraceae (alt.Compositae)
  Subfamily: Carduoideae
      Tribe: Cardueae
        Subtribe: Centaureinae
Nomen number: 9821
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 2:914. 1753
Name Verified on: 01-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 01-Mar-2012
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 3 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Hortus 3)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Georgia
    • Siberia: Russian Federation - Gorno-Altay, - Altay, - Novosibirsk, - Tyumen
    • Western Asia: Turkey
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation-European part - European part; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Norway; Sweden
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain

  • Naturalized:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • Siberia: Russian Federation - Krasnoyarsk
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia - New South Wales, - Queensland
  • Europe

    • Middle Europe: Belgium
    • Southwestern Europe: France - Corsica
  • Northern America

    • Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, - Ontario, - Quebec
    • North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, - Iowa, - Kansas, - Wisconsin
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Connecticut, - Indiana, - Maine, - Massachusetts, - Michigan, - New Hampshire, - New Jersey, - New York, - Ohio, - Pennsylvania, - Rhode Island, - Vermont, - West Virginia
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Idaho, - Montana, - Oregon, - Washington
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Delaware, - Maryland, - Virginia
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California, - Utah
    • Subarctic America: Greenland
    • Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia
  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Argentina; Chile

  • Adventive:

  • Europe

    • Northern Europe: United Kingdom


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  • Fruits: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image