Lesser Knapweed | Centarea nigra

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1x plug plant (approx. 2-5cm above ground, 15cm of root structure below ground)

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Lesser Knapweed is the most pollen available species in the UK! Transform your garden with the radiant beauty of Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra). Standing tall, its vibrant purple blooms bring lively elegance to any landscape. Hardy and adaptable, this wildflower is a low-maintenance delight, thriving in various environments. Attracting bees and butterflies, Lesser Knapweed turns your garden into a pollinator’s paradise. Elevate your outdoor space with this charming perennial. Invite the enchantment of Lesser Knapweed into your garden!


Botanical Information: Lesser Knapweed

Meet the vibrant and cheerful Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra), a wildflower that’s like a burst of purple happiness in nature’s garden. With its fluffy, thistle-like blooms standing tall on strong stems, it’s hard to miss this beauty. This species is a perennial, meaning it returns each year, and its blossoms can reach heights of about 30 to 60 centimetres (12 to 24 inches). Get ready to be dazzled by this lively addition to the plant family!


Lesser Knapweed is like an adventurer, popping up in all sorts of places. You can find it in meadows, grasslands, and along roadsides, creating a purple spectacle in the landscape. It’s not too fussy about where it grows, and it can handle both sunny and partially shaded spots. This wildflower is like a flexible friend that goes with the flow of nature.

Benefits to Wildlife

Now, let’s talk about how it’s is a hero for wildlife. Bees absolutely love it! The nectar-rich flowers are like a bee buffet, providing these buzzing friends with a sweet treat. As the bees visit, they pick up pollen on their fuzzy bodies, helping other plants make seeds.

Butterflies join the celebration too! The colourful blooms attract these delicate creatures, offering them a nectar feast. It’s like Lesser Knapweed transforms your garden into a fluttering wonderland, supporting the life cycle of these beautiful insects. Lesser Knapweed is the most pollen available species in the UK!

Conservation Status in the UK

The good news is that Lesser Knapweed is doing well in the United Kingdom! It’s not considered a species of immediate concern. While it might not be in the conservation spotlight, recognizing its role in supporting wildlife is crucial. Conservation efforts often focus on maintaining the health of meadows and grasslands, recognizing that native plants like Lesser Knapweed play a part in maintaining the balance of these environments.

By appreciating and protecting these areas, we indirectly contribute to the well-being of Lesser Knapweed and the many other living things that call these places home.

Ease of Growing

If you’re thinking about bringing a splash of purple joy to your garden, here’s the exciting part – Lesser Knapweed is super easy to grow! You can start it from seeds in well-drained soil, and it doesn’t mind whether it’s sunny or a bit shady. It’s like having a low-maintenance friend that brightens up your garden without demanding too much attention.

Once Lesser Knapweed gets going, it’s like having a lively companion that doesn’t need a lot of fussing over. Regular watering and a bit of sunlight, and you’ll have your very own patch of purple magic in your garden.

Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) is a vibrant and accessible wildflower that adds a splash of colour to outdoor spaces. With its fluffy purple blooms, adaptability, and positive impact on wildlife, it’s is like a superhero in the plant world. Whether admired in the wild or cultivated in a garden, this wildflower invites us to appreciate the beauty and resilience of nature. Embrace the liveliness of this knapweed, and let your garden bloom with the charm of this captivating wildflower

More Information

Plants For a Future

The Wildlife Trusts

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Additional information

Weight 1 kg

Flowering Months

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Soil moisture

Dry, Normal, Well draining


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