Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
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SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-24-004:
Centaurea benedicta FAMILY Asteraceae__
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org bug_5374323
Heads sessile, closely subtended & partially concealed by large foliar bracts, per Weakley's Flora.
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Fields, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: Mediterranean Europe
Uncommon in Coastal Plain of GA-NC-SC, uncommon in SC Piedmont, rare elsewhere
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This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
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Leaf margins spiny
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