Centaurea depressa

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Centaurea depressa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Centaurea
Species: C. depressa
Binomial name
Centaurea depressa
M. Bieberstein

Centaurea depressa, the low cornflower, is a species of Centaurea. It is native to southwestern and central Asia. Its common name is Iranian knapweed.[1] The plant grows to 0.3 m (1 ft) tall and flowers from July to August.[2] It can grow in nutritionally poor soil and is drought tolerant.[2]



Centaurea depressa is an annual plant that grows from 20–60 cm tall. Several stems grow from the base of the plant. They are openly branched and have a gray color with short hairs. The leaves are oblong blades that grow 5–10 cm long and have fine hairs on them. The florets are a dark blue.[3]


  1. ^ "Plants Profile for Centaurea depressa (Iranian knapweed)". plants.usda.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Centaurea depressa Iranian knapweed PFAF Plant Database". www.pfaf.org. Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Centaurea depressa in Global Plants on JSTOR". plants.jstor.org. Retrieved 2017-06-13.