These are the cornflowers and knapweeds, with very characteristic composite heads of long-petalled outer, sterile, florets and a boss of shorter, fertile florets. This array is surrounded by neatly overlapping bracts, hairy at the upper edge. There are hundreds of species of Centaurea in Europe, so identification is often difficult.
Centaurea pulcherrima has lots of deep rosy pink flowers with white centres over silvery grey foliage.
9 cm pot|
||open, sunny position|
||well drained soil|