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Western Centaury

Zeltnera exaltata



Red List (Provincial)


Western centaury is an annual herb with a short tap root and one to multiple stems. There are few to several basal leaves with longer narrow stem leaves. There are one to few flowers per plant that are either pale pink or nearly white with 5 long pointed petals


Western centaury is present in moist saline meadows in the steppe zone


-Invasive species
-Habitat destruction due to recreation and development

You Can Help!

-Learn more about this plant and its biology
-Avoid trampling or driving over the plant and the surrounding environment
-Reduce livestock grazing
-Control and/or remove invasive plants and reduce soil disturbance to prevent invasive plants from establishing

Photo Credit Adam Searcy


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