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Centaurium erythraea

Petite centaurée commune
Common Centaury

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

12 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

10-50 cm

Description

Stem solitary but branched from the middle. Sandy, neutral to alkaline soil in sun.

Flowering plants are harvested in summer and dried for infusions and liquid extracts.

Flowers

5-petalled flowers fused at the base, borne in dense, lax, flat-topped clusters, bright pink with very distinct yellow stamens.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Basal rosette of oval leaves, 5 cm long. Upper leaves smaller and opposite.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: cylindrical.

Medical

Flowering tops: dried, to stimulate liver and gall bladder, to increase the bile flow and to improve appetite and digestion.

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