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Centaurium texense – Lady Bird’s Centaury

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Centaurium texense - Lady Bird's Centaury

Centaurium texense – Lady Bird’s Centaury

Here’s another look at Lady Bird’s Centaury. this time a whole plant view.  As mentioned previously, Mountain Pink is similar but it occurs in tightly bunched profuse cones of flowers, like a bouquet. As you can see, Centaurium texense is more loosely configured. In the field, this difference helps in the identification.  Also obvious in this picture is the rocky calcareous soil in which it grows.

Centaurium texense – Lady Bird’s Centaury

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Centaurium texense - Lady Bird's Centaury

Centaurium texense – Lady Bird’s Centaury

Named after the former First Lady whose legacy lives on at the Wildflower Center south of Austin, this modest yet colorful little pink flower can be found on the rocky soils of the Hill Country.  The individual bloom bears some resemblance to Mountain Pink, but the fact that one can isolate an individual bloom is a clue that this is indeed Centaurium texense.

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