Herb latin name: Centaurea depressa
Synonyms: Centaurea pygmaea
Edible parts of Centaurea depressa:Root - cooked. An agreeable flavour.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Fields and roadsides to 2300 metres in S. Europe.
Propagation of Centaurea depressa:Seed - sow April in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer. The seed can also be sown as soon as it is ripe in the late summer in a greenhouse and planted out in the late spring. Division in autumn. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer or following spring. This should be done at least once every three years in order to maintain the vigour of the plants. Basal cuttings in spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Fields and roadsides to 2300 metres in S. Europe.
Medicinal use of Centaurea depressa:None known
Known hazards of Centaurea depressa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.