H annual / Biennial
Centaurium erythraea - Common Centaury, Feverwort
Centaury has delicate pink flowers that only open when the sun shines. In the middle ages it was known as Feverwort. Medicinally is a tonic for the digestive system, used internally, purifies the blood, for kidney, jaundice and other complaints and is often combined with other herbs. A yellow-green dye from the flowers. Sow Centaury from early spring in situ, prefers a sandy soil in full sun. Native habitat normally grows in poor soil in dry grassland or edge of woodlands.